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The Photo Collection of Franz Nopcsa
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Albania in 1903 – 1916

The Hungarian scholar and Albania expert, Baron Franz Nopcsa (1877-1933), travelled to Albania and the southern Balkans (Bosnia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Serbia) on numerous occasions from 1903 to the First World War. Indeed he lived for several years in Shkodra, which he used as a base for his travels in the wild northern Albanian mountains. On these journeys, he took with him not only his rifle but also his “Kodak” and made what are now exceptionally rare and fascinating photos of the region. The originals of these glass photographs are preserved in the Hungarian Natural History Museum (Magyar Természettudományi Múzeum) in Budapest.

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Montenegro. Hotel Marina in Bar (Antivari) 002
Baron Franz Nopcsa in northern Albanian costume, ca. 1916 004
Montenegro. Montenegrin officials and foreign dignitaries posing in Bar (Antivari), ca. 1905 005
Montenegro. Bar. The new port under construction 006
Montenegro. The ruins of the old town of Bar (Stari Bar) after the earthquake 007
Montenegro. The old town of Bar (Stari Bar) 008
Montenegro. The Upper Square in the old town of Bar 009
A rail line (unidentified) 040
Albania. Bridge across the Buna in Shkodra 041
Albania. View of the town of Shkodra, taken from a postcard 042
Albania. View of Shkodra.The Lead Mosque (built in 1773-1774) and the confluence of the Drin and the Buna rivers 043
Albania. The fortress of Shkodra 044
Albania. An Albanian man in national costume 045
Albania. An Albanian peasant woman near Shkodra 049
Albania. Muslim man 230
Albania. The men of Blinisht in the District of Lezha 232
Turkey. A view of Constantinople 233
Albania. The rugged mountains of Cukali. Sketch made from a photo, as seen from the Gomina Valley in the District of Puka, 1907 234
Albania. Men in Shkodra, 1903 240
Albania. The Drin River near Vau i Dejës, southeast of Shkodra 241
Albania. Maja e Velës peak above Kallmet near Lezha 242
Albania. The priest of Mirdita travelling towards Kallmet 243
Albania. Gojan in the District of Puka, to the east of the plain of Shkodra 244
Albania. Mountains above Pog in the upper Kir valley (District of Shkodra), lying in the Malësia e Vogël 245
Albania. Mountains near Brashta in Shoshi tribal territory (District of Shkodra), lying in the Malësia e Vogël 246
Albania. Men of the Kir tribe, to the north of the Drin, in the Malësia e Vogël 247
Albania. Near Ruku Nikaj, situated in the eastern part of the Malësia e Vogël 249
Albania. Mountain slope of Korja e Mërturit, above Guri i Lekës in the vicinity of Shoshi, situated in Mërturi tribe territory 250
Albania. Men of Raja. Mërturi in the Drin valley of the District of Tropoja 251
Albania. Using an inflated goat-bladder (Alb. rrëshek) to cross the river Drin in the vicinity of Raja 252
Albania. The Cliff of Raja in the Drin valley of the District of Tropoja 253
Albania. The villagers of Iballja in the District of Puka, 1905 254
Albania. The men of Iballja in the District of Puka, 1905 255
Albania. Iballja school building, 1905. The teacher (left), the priest (right), tribesmen (centre) 256
Albania. The tribemen of Iballja in the District of Puka, 1905 257
Albania. The tribemen of Iballja posing for the camera, 1905 258
Albania. The Drin valley at the Vizier’s Bridge (Ura e Vezirit) near Kukës, 1905 259
Albania. The Drin river near the Vizier’s Bridge (Ura e Vezirit), 1905 260
Albania. The Luma Bridge (Ura e Lumës) in the Drin valley, 1905 261
Albania. The Vizier’s Bridge (Ura e Vezirit) on the Drin near Kukës, part of the old traderoute between Shkodra and Prizren, 1905 262
Kosova. Zym on a mountain slope of Mount Pashtrik in the vicinity of Prizren (between Prizren and Gjakova), 1905 263
Kosova. The fortress of Prizren, 1905 264
Kosova. The market in Prizren, 1905 265
Albania. Refugees fleeing from the Serbs. Muslim Albanian women from the vicinity of Gjakova (Krasniqi tribe). Shkodra 1913 266
Albania. In the mountains of Munella. Maja e Rrasave të Zefit in Mirdita 267
Albania. In the vicinity of Mollkuqja, in the District of Puka 268
Albania. A peak in the Munella mountains of Mirdita 270
Albania. The Lumi i Bardhë valley in the District of Puka 271
Albania. The men of Mirdita 273
Albania. Interior of the Church of Saint Alexander of Orosh, in Mirdita, 1905 274
Albania. Prenk Bibë Doda seated with the Mirditan Bishop of Sappa (right), and fathers and leading priests 275
Albania. Group of men 276
Albania. The men of Blinisht in the District of Lezha 277
Albania. Blinisht in the District of Lezha 279
Albania. Hunters in the vicinity of Kthella in the District of Mirdita 280
Albania. The family of the Bajraktar of Kthella in Mirdita 281
Albania. The family of the Bajraktar of Kthella out hunting at the home of Nopcsa 282
Kosova. House in Suhareka (Theranda) between Prizren and Ferizaj, 1903 283
Kosova. Suhareka (Theranda) between Prizren and Ferizaj, 1903 284
Kosova. On the mountain pass between the Plain of Kosova and the Dukagjini Plateau (Prizren-Gjakova), 1903 285
Kosova. The village of Budakova in the mountains between the Dukagjini Plateau (Prizren-Gjakova) and the Plain of Kosova, to the south of the pass, 1903 286
Kosova. Another part of the Albanian village of Budakova between Prizren and Ferizaj, 1903 287
Macedonia. On the eastern side of the Sharr mountain range in the region of Tetova, 1903 288
Kosova-Macedonia. Maja e Zezë (2,584 m.), in the Sharr mountain range between Prizren and Tetova, 1903 288a
On horseback in the mountains, 1903 289
Kosova. The old town of Kaçanik, situated in the gorge between Skopje and the Plain of Kosova, 1903 290
Kosova. Ferizaj. The Roman Catholic parish with the parish priest, 1903 291
Kosova. The railway line at Ferizaj on the Plain of Kosova, 1903 292
Kosova. The Roman Catholic parish of Ferizaj in Kosova, 1903 293
Macedonia. The Serb monastery of Kuçevishta near Skopje, 1903 294
Macedonia. Transporting wood near Skopje, 1903 295
Macedonia. Skopje. The Vardar river in the foreground, the fortress in the background, 1903 296
Macedonia. The fortress of Skopje, 1903 297
Macedonia. Another view of the fortress of Skopje, 1903 298
Macedonia. View of Skopje, 1903 299
Macedonia. Turkish cemetary near Skopje, 1903 300
Macedonia. Tower in Skopje, 1903 301
Macedonia. Roman Catholic church in Skopje, 1903 302
Macedonia. Turkish army in Skopje, 1903 303
Macedonia. Street scene in Skopje, 1903 304
Macedonia. An Albanian in Skopje, 1903 305
Macedonia. A monastery in Skopje. The Austro-Hungarian consul Bohumil Para. 1903 306
Kosova. The parish of Ferizaj on the Plain of Kosova, 1903 307
Macedonia. Albanians in Skopje, 1903 308
Macedonia. Street scene in Skopje, 1903 309
Macedonia. Scene in the bazaar of Skopje, 1903 310
Macedonia. A Turkish woman in Skopje, 1903 311
Macedonia. The village of Veshala situated in the Sharr mountains between Tetova and Prizren, 1903 312
Albania. Part of the Munella mountain range in Mirdita 313
Albania. The village of Fierza on the banks of the Drin river 314
Albania. Albanians in Iballja in the District of Puka 315
Albania. Trias stratum near Blinisht in the District of Lezha 316
Albania. Tectonic structure between Vau i Dejës, the opening of the Drin and the plain of Shkodra 318
Albania. Mount Jezerca (2,694 m.), 1907 319
Albania. Peja Pass (Qafa e Pejës), north of Theth in the District of Shkodra, 1907 321
Albania. View near Gojan in the District of Puka, 1907 323
Albania. The Vizier’s Bridge (Ura e Vezirit) on the Drin near Kukës, part of the old traderoute between Shkodra and Prizren 324
Albania. Mount Cukali as seen from the southeast 325
Kosova. Caraleva Pass between the Plain of Kosova and Prizren, 1904 jquery image lightboxby VisualLightBox.com v6.1

 

Die Fotosammlung des Franz Nopcsa
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Albanien im Jahre 1903 – 1916

Zwischen dem Jahr 1903 und dem ersten Weltkrieg hielt sich der ungarische Gelehrte und Albanologe, Franz Baron Nopcsa (1877-1933), des öfteren in Albanien und der Region (Bosnien, Kosovo, Mazedonien, Serbien) auf. Auf seinen zahlreichen Reisen in die rauen nordalbanischen Berge nahm er nicht nur sein Gewehr, sondern auch seine “Kodak” mit, und machte damit seltene und faszinierende Fotos von der Region. Die Glasplatten der Originalaufnahmen werden im Ungarischen Naturgeschichtlichen Museum (Magyar Természettudományi Múzeum) in Budapest aufbewahrt.

 

Koleksioni i Fotografive të Franc Nopçës
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Shqipëria në vitin 1903 – 1916

Shkencëtari dhe albanologu hungarez, Baroni Franc Nopça (Franz Nopcsa, 1877-1933) udhëtoi shpesh në Shqipëri dhe në jug të Ballkanit (Bosnje, Kosovë, Maqedoni, Serbi) midis vitit 1903 dhe Luftës së Parë Botërore. Gjatë udhëtimeve të shumta në malësinë e Shqipërisë së veriut mori me vete jo vetëm një pushkë por edhe një “Kodak” dhe bëri fotografi të rralla dhe magjepëse të rajonit. Origjinalët e fotografive prej xhamit ndodhen në Muzeumin Hungarez të Historisë Natyrore (Magyar Természettudományi Múzeum) në Budapesht.

 

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