Gegë Marubi

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Gegë Marubi self portrait

Gegë Marubi (9 May 1907–1984) was an Albanian photographer. The son of Kel Marubi he was the last of photographer of the family and is regarded as one of the most prominent Balkans photographers of his generation.[1]


Born in 1907 in Shkodër, in the 1920s he studied photography in the Lumière brothers' school.[1] After his return to Albania the Marubi studio experienced the most success in its history.[2] Marubi pioneered the use of celluloid instead of glass plates.[3] During World War II his photographic activities were halted and after the war as private businesses were banned the studio was closed. In the 1970s he donated the studio's photographic collection consisting of 150.000 negatives to the directorate of general archives and worked for their preservation until his death in 1984.[4]


  1. ^ a b Raby, Christian; Chauvin, Loic. Marubi: A dynasty of Albanian photographers. Ecrits de lumière. p. 31. ISBN 9782953866940. Retrieved 11 March 2012.
  2. ^ Berra, Eugenio. "In the land of the living past". Viaggiare i Balcani. Retrieved 11 March 2012.
  3. ^ Elsie, Robert. "Early Photography in Albania". Retrieved 11 March 2012.
  4. ^ Veen, Hans van de (2008-10-20). Landenreeks. KIT Publishers. p. 60. ISBN 9789068326925. Retrieved 11 March 2012.