Curator: Katarina Jurjavčič
In 1958, Vladimir Simončič gifted the National Museum of Contemporary History his photojournalistic collection and two archival catalogues. Starting on 1 January 1949, Vladimir Simončič was permanently employed as a journalist by the editorial board of Slovenski poročevalec in Ljubljana. He started his profession by chance, on a part-time basis, in October 1946, when he began publishing his first reportages shot with the Contax camera in the illustrated weekly Tovariš. In addition to the Tovariš magazine, Simončič's photos were also published by the Slovenski poročevalec, Tedenska tribuna, Ljudska pravica, Borba and some other newspapers until 1957, when his publications in printed media ceased.
His films were marked with the letter ‘I’ followed by a number: I/1-I/54. The letters then follow in the alphabetical order to the letter ‘Ž’. When he ran out of letters he began labelling films with numbers 1/1 up to 15/54, which amounts to a little more than 40,000 negatives, most of them of the Leica format. Most of the larger formats are 4 × 6 and 6 × 6 cm negatives.