Foto spelndid Costică Acsinte
Medieval Cellars of the ICC
Exhibition opening dates: May 14–29
Exhibition of photography prepared by the Romanian Cultural Institute in Warsaw within the frameworks of the 9th edition of the Romanian Culture Festival in Kraków.
Constantin C. Axinte was born on July 4, 1897, commune of Perieți, Ialomița County. He became famous under the name Costică Acsinte, which is present at the reverse of many of his photographs. When the First World War broke out, Costică Acsinte voluntarily enlisted as a war photographer. He was a member of the photographic section of the 1st Air Force Squadron. In 1930, he opened a photographic studio in the city centre under the name “Foto Splendid Acsinte.” Until 1950, he used glass plates (especially AGFA) to later shift towards cut film sheets and 35mm and 120mm films. In 1960 he retired. Shortly after, his studio was demolished. After 1960, Costică Acsinte continued to photograph areas around Slobozia, especially the village of Grivița, often travelling around on his bicycle. He died on January 7, 1984, and was buried at Bora cemetery in Slobozia. Costică Acsinte left around 5000 negatives on glass plates, a much smaller number of cut film sheets and an unknown number of photographs – many of them are owned by families of people whom Acsinte photographed. The majority of those pictures were marked with a stamp “Foto Splendid Acsinte.” The collection of photographs presented in Krakow illustrates social life in Romania from 1930 to 1950, showing Romanian people at work, as well as their leisure and entertainment in that period.