The Fostinum

The collector is the true resident of the interior.  The collector dreams his way not only into a distant or bygone world but also into a better one. 

                                                                                              - Walter Benjamin

Bohumil Šťastný - Hand (negative print)


As a collector of photography, I found that there are few websites that are truly helpful when researching photographers, especially when it comes to Central European photography, so I decided to put together this website to show my collection and help photographers and researchers.  While I have only scanned a small portion of my collection of photographs and design, I am hoping to scan more over time to add to this site. Some additional photographs can be viewed at my additional website on Flickr.

If there is anything you'd like to see or know more about, please contact me at or click "Contact us."

Nadar - Georges Sand, albumen printNadar - Alexandre Dumas, albumen printNadar - Victor Hugo, in memoriam, albumen printNadar - Self-portrait (Publicity photo to raise funds for Le Géant), albumen printNadar - Hot air balloons, albumen printNadar - Sarah Bernhardt in Tosca, 1882, albumen printNadar - Sarah Bernhardt as Jeanne d'Arc (Joan of Arc), 1889, albumen printNadar - Sarah Bernhardt, 1890, albumen printNadar - Sarah Bernhardt as Gismonda, albumen printNadar - Edmond de Goncourt