Early 20th Kolonja Documented by a Sweets Seller
Albanian Daily News
Published November 25, 2017
Albanian photographer Dhimitër Vangjeli is commemorated in Kosovo Historical Museum with an exhibition documenting various many moments of Kolonja in the early 20th century as one of the centers of Albanian culture development during that period. The exhibition has been opened with the support of the Ministry of Culture of Albania in cooperation with the National Center for Inventory of Cultural Assets of the Municipality of Kolonja and is presented to the public in the framework of the joint cultural calendar between Albania and Kosovo.
Dhimitër Vangjeli’ work, a mostly unknown name in the history of Albanian photography, is reflected in the most important publications since the 1920s, but without being mentioned as author. In spite of the fact that his real job was that of a sweets seller he cultivated also a profound passion for the photography.
1300 photographic-plates belonging to this photographer from Kolonja were discovered by the National Center for Inventory of Cultural Assets and subsequently inventoried and registered in the national database of the Fund of Photographic-Plates.
As a traveling photographer he is one of the few masters of photography whose work illustrates the life of almost all villages with every life cycle, from birth, baptism, marriage to mortal ceremonies. His pictures are an accurate reflection of Kolonja's condition in the first half of the 20th century.