PETERIS KORSAKS


Born on December 15, 1937 in Malta village, Latvia. Residence in Riga.


Education
1958 Malta secondary school
1960 Riga polytechnical school No. 5, electrocommunications, mechanic
1965 Olaine chemists school, operator of extrusion units

Post-graduate education
1972 Riga University of Culture, department of journalism
1991 Latvian Academy of Arts, B.Mangold's course in photography

Background
1953 Self-education
1971-1975 "Gamma" Photo Club

Personal exhibitions
1997 "About Life, Song, and Photography", Latvian Museum of Photography, Riga, Latvia


Group exhibitions
1996 "Latvian Time", "Arsenals" Art Museum, Riga, Latvia
1997 "1. Profoto", "Skonto" exhibition hall, Riga, Latvia
1997-1999 "Latvia in Photographs", together with V.Auzins, several Latvian villages in Russia
1999 "Inhabitants of Riga", Latvian Museum of Photography, Riga, Latvia
2000 "Sauka Area", House of Culture, Viesite, Latvia
2000 "Sauka Area", M.Buclers' photography room, Sauka, Latvia

Collections
Latvian Museum of Photography
Private collections in Latvia, the USA, and Germany

Participation in workshops, photoprojects and photo campaigns
1986-1997 Workshop"Fotovasara '86", M.Buclers' photography room, Sauka, Latvia
1989 Photo project"Latvian Time", Latvian Culture Foundation, Riga, Latvia
1992 Photo project"Latvian Countryside - the Nation's Birthplace", Latvian Museum of Photography, Riga, Latvia
2000 Workshop"Fotovasara 2000", Viesite, Latvia


Curatorial work

1975 exhibition"Development of photography in Riga from the second half of the 19th century to 1940", Riga Museum of History and Navigation, Riga, Latvia
1985 exhibition"Labor, man, and environment in the first half of the 20th century" Latvian Open-air Ethnographic Museum, Riga, Latvia
1988 exhibition"Familiarize with Piebalga area", Vecpiebalga, Latvia
1990 exhibition "Photographers from the Upitis family", War Museum, Riga, Latvia
1992 exhibition "Development of photography in Latvia in 1839 - 1941", Latvian Museum of Photography, Riga, Latvia
1993 exhibition "Jugendstyle in photography and graphic art", Latvian Museum of Photography, Riga, Latvia
1993 exhibition "Martins Buclers and Latvian folk-songs", Latvian Museum of Photography Riga, Latvia
1994 exhibition"Centenary of Karlis Bauls", Latvian Museum of Photography, Riga, Latvia
1994 exhibition "Latvian Countryside - the Nation's Birthplace", House of Culture, Viesite, Latvia
1996 exhibition"Notes from Exile", Latvian Museum of Photography, Riga, Latvia
1995 exhibition"Latvia - Riga un Its Inhabitants", gallery "Laterna magica", Helsinki, Finland


Participation in conferences and seminars
1986 1st conference "Photography - a phenomenon of visual culture", Latvian State University, Riga/ Latvia
1990 2nd conference "Photography - a phenomenon of visual culture", Latvian State University, Riga/ Latvia
1993 3rd international conference " Photography - a phenomenon of visual culture ", Latvian Museum of Photography, Riga/ Latvia
1994 Seminar "Photography in a city and the city's image in photography", Latvian Museum of Photography, Riga/ Latvia
1995 Seminar"Archives", Latvian Museum of Photography, Riga/ Latvia
1995 Conference "History of Lithuanian Photography", Sauliau Museum of Photography, Sauliau/ Lithuania
1996 4th international conference "Photography - a phenomenon of visual culture", Latvian Museum of Photography, Riga/ Latvia
1996 5th international conference"Photography - a phenomenon of visual culture", Latvian Museum of Photography, Riga/ Latvia

Reviews / Bibliography
1985 "From the History of Latvian Photography", "Cina" newspaper, 22.06.1985, Riga/ Latvia
1990 "Latvian Art of Photography", I.Spilners, "Laiks" newspaper, 23.06.1990, New York, USA
1994 "Museum of Photography in the Old City", G.Birkmanis, "Nacionala Neatkariba" newspaper, 23.02.1994, Riga/ Latvia
1994 "I should have tilled the earth", S.Geikina, "Elpa" newspaper, 29.07.1994, Riga/ Latvia
1996 "A Sole Researcher of Photography ", A.Klotina, "Diena" newspaper, 03.09.1996, Riga/Latvia
1997 "Photographer, Historian, Photography....", I.Zveja, "Literatura. Maksla. Mes" newspaper, 06.12.1998, Riga/ Latvia


Publications
1974 "He Immortalized the People's History", Peteris Korsaks, "Dzimtenes Balss" newspaper, 26.12.1974, Riga/ Latvia
1977 "Janis Jaunsudrabins - the first Latvian photography reviewer", Peteris Korsaks, "Padomju Jaunatne" newspaper, 10.08.1977, Riga/ Latvia
1977 "Centenary of Latvian Master of Photography Roberts Johansons", Peteris Korsaks, "Literatura un Maksla" newspaper, 16.12.1977, Riga/ Latvia
1979 "From camera obscura to daguerrotype", Peteris Korsaks, "Padomju Jaunatne" newspaper, 10.02.1979, Riga/ Latvia
1980 "Is photography an art?", Peteris Korsaks, "Padomju Jaunatne" newspaper, 1980, Riga/ Latvia
1982 "Latvian Encyclopedia (Photography)", vol.1, Riga/ Latvia
1985 "At the outset of photography in Latvia", Peteris Korsaks, "Latvian Art of Photography. History and the Present Time", "Liesma" Publishers, Riga/ Latvia
1986 "Who was Martins Buclers after all?", Peteris Korsaks, "Padomju Daugava" newspaper, 11.12.1986, Jekabpils/ Latvia
1986 "About the Piebalga photographer Zakerts and his meat chop", Peteris Korsaks, "Padomju Jaunatne" newspaper, 04.02.1986, Riga/ Latvia
1987 "The enthnopsychological aspects of photography", Peteris Korsaks, "Avots" magazine, Nr. 10/1987, Riga/ Latvia
1987 "Latvian Encyclopedia (Photography)", Nr.3, USA
1988 "Was there Photography Culture in Latvia?", Peteris Korsaks, "Literatura un Maksla" newspaper, 18.11.1988, Riga/ Latvia
1990 "We scream, but no one hears us", Peteris Korsaks, "Atmoda" newspaper, 8.-9.06.1990, Riga/ Latvia
1990 "Latvian Encyclopedia (Photography)", Nr.4
1991 "He was the first", Peteris Korsaks, "Kulturas Fonda avize" newspaper, Riga/ Latvia
1991 "The landlord with a bright axe on the ruins", Peteris Korsaks, "Abele" newspaper, Nr.3/1991, Riga/ Latvia
1991 "Latvia. January 1991", album, Latvian Culture Foundation, Riga/ Latvia
1991 "Daugavas raksti", collection of articles, "Zinatne" Publishers, Riga/ Latvia
1992 "The Third Awakening", "Zvaigzne" Publishers, Riga/ Latvia
1993 "History of Latvia", "Zvaigzne" Publishers, Riga/ Latvia
1998 "Contemporary evidence in photographs", Peteris Korsaks, "Nacionala Neatkariba" newspaper, 31.08.1994, Riga/ Latvia
1999 "The great Sauka resident Martins Buclers", Peteris Korsaks, collection of articles "The Land of Seli", Riga/ Latvia
1996 "Life and Photography", Peteris Korsaks, "Nacionala Neatkariba" newspaper, 07.02.1996, Riga/ Latvia
1996 "Peteris Upitis", a monograph, Dobele/ Latvia
1997 "The Elusively captured light", Peteris Korsaks, "Latvju Maksla" magazine, Nr.23/97, New York, USA
1998 "VEF MINOX idea still alive", Peteris Korsaks, "Sakaru pasaule" magazine, Nr.2/98, Riga/ Latvia
1997 "From difficulties to honors", Peteris Korsaks, "Literatura. Maksla. Mes" newspaper, 03.12.1998, Riga/ Latvia
1999 "Photography artist Roberts Johansons", Peteris Korsaks, "Rigas Centrs" monthly, Nr.8, Riga/ Latvia
2000 "On the Road to Independence", collection of articles, "Mans ipasums" Publishers, Riga/ Latvia
2001 "Life in the art of photography", Peteris Korsaks, "Laiks" newspaper, 02.08.1997, New York, USA

Encyclopedias
1997 "Photographers Encyclopedia International", Michel + Michele Auer, Hermanz/Switzerland
1997 CD-ROM, http:/www.livre.net/ides, PMDC, Paris/ France
1999 http://www.foto.lv/ Korsaks/, V.Auzins, S.Zarina, Latnet Art Gallery, Riga/ Latvia
2000 "Peteris Apinis. Latvia. Land. People. State", Vilnis Auzins, National Medicine Publishers, Riga/ Latvia

Membership in public and professional organizations
1988 Latvian Union of Journalists
1988-1998 Latvian Culture Foundation, photography
1996 Latvian Association of Professional Photographers
1996 International Federation of Journalists

Work experience
1960-1965 Riga communications center
1965-1977 R/a "Ausma", Olaine plastics processing plant
1977-1980 "Silava" research and production association
1980-1987 Latvian Open-air Ethnographic Museum
1987-1990 "Laukceltnieks" technical center
1989 Riga Museum of History and Navigation, Latvian Museum of Photography, chief specialist


Compilation: Latvian Museum of Photography /
Vilnis Auzins (scholarship from the Latvian Culture Foundation)
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Updated: 31.12.2000. (ACD-Fotoforma database)