Ivan Janko Šelhaus’s passport

MARCH

Ivan Janko Šelhaus’s passport

Austro-Hungarian passport owned by Ivan (Janko) Šelhaus, father of Edi Šelhaus, one of the renowned photo journalists. Janko lived and worked in Hamburg for several years before WW1. Here he became acquainted with photography and later, in the 20’s of the 20th century, after loosing his job with a railway company, he earned his living as a travelling photographer operating in the vicinity of Trieste, ins the Karst and Primorska (Litoral) regions. He photographed various events and performances, especially First Communion and Confirmation. He also introduced his wife Julijana into photography. In 1929, due to fascism,  he moved from Trieste to Yugoslavia with his wife (in 1924, they had sent their two children, Edi and Janko, to Slovene school in Šentvid above Ljubljana) and, in line with family tradition, also their son Edi was trained as a photographer – first with his mother Julijana in Škofja Loka in a photo studio Šelhaus, and later with his father Janko who lived in Zagreb and worked in a photo studio Photo Jadran.

 

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