Curator: Katarina Jurjavčič
Peter Lampič was born on May 25, 1899, and lived to see the beginning of the 21st century. In his youth, before World War I, Lampič began to acquaint himself with photography and began developing his photographic skillset. Shortly after the war, Lampič began studying under Marinko, a photographer in Ljubljana, where he also completed the test to become an assistant photographer. He worked as an assistant in the atelier of Franc Kunc for a few years, and since 1924 in the atelier of the photographer Avgust Berthold. He remained there until 1932, when he gained independence and began working on his own.
In 2006 his heirs, daughter Majda and son Janez, gifted the museum the entire fonds of about 43,000 black-and-white negatives, mostly glass plates in 6 × 8, 6 × 9, 9 × 12, 10 × 15, and 12 × 16 cm formats. In addition to the negatives, the museum received inventory books, detailing all events and people he photographed. The glass plate negatives reveal the master’s retouching. Each plate shows how much work, effort, and time was put into the making of each photograph, as all were retouched.