Photography Museum Maribor
The biggest part of the museum is represented by the Avgust and Maria Bohanec Photography Collection. Avgust Bohanec (b. 1933) was a Slovene locksmith, who in the late 1950s moved to the USA. There he became a deal in photography equipment, a repair service provider and a representative of the Leica cameras manufacturer. Together with his wife Maria he also became a renowned collector of photography equipment.
In the late 1980s, the pair decided to donate their collection to the city of Maribor in order to be presented in a public museum. The donated collection featured 1,645 items, including more than 1,100 cameras, film cameras and projectors.
Collections and exhibitions
The core of the permanent collection comprises select artefacts from the donated collection. They are augmented by certain additional pieces, together comprehensively presenting the evolution of analogue photographic technology all the way to the start of the 21st century, when digital photography became the norm.
The museum also has a gallery where it sets up about 5 exhibitions per year. These are usually more focused on photographic content, be it art, historic or documentary photography. Among the authors whose work has been displayed here are Stojan Kerbler, Zora Plešnar, Smiljan Pušenjak, Gero Angleitner, Viljem Klemenčič and Peter Naglič.