Photo, Print, Drawing Flooding at the Ķegums Hydro Power Plant Dam, February 10, 1939.

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Title

  • Flooding at the Ķegums Hydro Power Plant Dam, February 10, 1939.

Summary

  • Eduards Kraucs (1898--1977) was a renowned Latvian photographer and cinematographer who, between 1936 and 1940, documented the construction of the Ķegums Hydro Power Plant on the Daugava River in central Latvia. This photograph, taken on February 10, 1939, shows ice buildup during flooding of the river at the construction site. The plant was a unique engineering structure for the Baltic countries and Northern Europe, involving a collaborative effort of Latvian and Swedish engineers. Technological solutions new to Europe were used in its construction. The plant had great importance in Latvia as a symbol of state and national identity during the first period of the history of the independent Latvian state (1918--1940). Its completion marked the beginning of a unified statewide power system and of the Latvenergo group. The plant triggered rapid economic growth, resulted in the electrification of Latvia's regions, and improved the welfare of the Latvian population. Kraucs took images of the work once or twice a week during the period of construction. The resulting collection of 1,736 glass plate photonegatives is the only known example in Europe of such a comprehensive photographic record of a large-scale building project. The collection was inscribed on the Latvian National Memory of the World Register in 2009.

Names

  • Kraucs, Eduards Rihards, 1898-1977 Photographer.

Created / Published

  • [place of publication not identified] : [publisher not identified], 1939-02-10.

Headings

  • -  Latvia--Ķegums
  • -  1939-02-10
  • -  Bridges
  • -  Construction
  • -  Dam construction
  • -  Dams
  • -  Hydroelectric power
  • -  Ķegums Hydro Power Plant (Ķegums, Latvia)
  • -  Latvenergo (Latvia)
  • -  National Memory of the World Register, Latvia
  • -  Power plants
  • -  Rivers
  • -  Western Dvina River

Notes

  • -  Title devised, in English, by Library staff.
  • -  Original resource extent: 1 glass plate photonegative : black and white ; 11.9 x 17.9 centimeters.
  • -  Original resource at: Latvenergo AS Power Industry Museum.
  • -  Description based on data extracted from World Digital Library, which may be extracted from partner institutions.

Medium

  • 1 online resource.

Source Collection

  • The Process of Building the Ķegums Hydro Power Plant (1936-1940)

Digital Id

Library of Congress Control Number

  • 2021669993

Online Format

  • compressed data
  • image

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Chicago citation style:

Kraucs, Eduards Rihards, Photographer. Flooding at the Ķegums Hydro Power Plant Dam. Ķegums Latvia, 1939. [Place of Publication Not Identified: Publisher Not Identified, -02-10] Photograph. https://www.loc.gov/item/2021669993/.

APA citation style:

Kraucs, E. R. (1939) Flooding at the Ķegums Hydro Power Plant Dam. Ķegums Latvia, 1939. [Place of Publication Not Identified: Publisher Not Identified, -02-10] [Photograph] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/2021669993/.

MLA citation style:

Kraucs, Eduards Rihards, Photographer. Flooding at the Ķegums Hydro Power Plant Dam. [Place of Publication Not Identified: Publisher Not Identified, -02-10] Photograph. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/2021669993/>.