Fotokemika, a Croatian producer of one of the last classic silver-rich black & white films in the world.
Once one of the region’s most successful photochemical companies, in the summer of 2012 the factory closed their doors. The factory is in danger of being destroyed and with it lots of valuable information will be lost forever.
We firmly believe that Fotokemika is part of our common European history and it should be preserved so its rich heritage can be enjoyed and learned from for generations to come.
Some professionals even today believe Fotokemika’s eFKe classic silver rich black & white analog films, hold the sharpest and most beautiful tone range ever produced!
Saving our cultural heritage!
We are two young women who have decided to make it our quest to save Fotokemika’s heritage. Sanja Harris is a photographer living in The Netherlands and Ana Cvetković is a journalist and pr marketer living in Croatia.
In the past both our families have put heart and soul into their work at the Fotokemika factory in the Croatian town of Samobor. This probably formed the root of our passion to save it.
Fotokemika was much more then merely the place where the employees worked, it also played a big part in their private lives; the company provided housing, education, recreation (vacation house on one of Croatian’s islands, a swimming pool for the employees and their children to enjoy, a hiking club) and sport events.
The factory as the basis of the employees lives, reflects the ideals of previous generations and holds a location-bound anthropological value.
We firmly believe that Fotokemika is part of our common history.
The company’s eFKe film has been part of and has influenced many lives worldwide:
It has allowed us to capture everything that we hold dear or value as important. It gave photojournalists a voice and commerce a new tool to help companies flourish. In medical applications the film helped many people, and eFKe film offered artists new ways to enrich our culture.
And as such we are committed to saving as much of the Fotokemika heritage as possible – to keeping it alive in order to inform future generations about the role the company and its film products have played in enriching our society and our culture.
We are passionate about the Fotokemika cultural heritage. It is one we would like to cherish, honor and return to the people!