Latvians abroad encouraged in documentary project

The Latvian embassy in Dublin is especially encouraging Latvians in Ireland to get involved in the Aug. 31 “Viena diena Latvijā” (One Day in Latvia) documentary photography effort, but the project is open to all in Latvia and abroad.

The project, which will join professional photographers and citizen-photographers in an effort to record 24 hours in the life of the Latvian nation, replicates an effort 20 years ago. Back then, photographers from the Soviet Union, Germany and Finland documented a day in the life of what was then occupied Latvia. They shot 30,000 frames in 24 hours.

This time, the Embassy of Latvia wants Latvians in Ireland to be part of the project.

“You can photograph whatever seems interesting and characteristic of Latvian life in Ireland,” the embassy said in an Aug. 28 press release.

One of six themes in which citizen-photographers may submit their work is “Latvia and Latvians Abroad,” showing life in the diaspora. That means Latvians worldwide may participate in the project.

Photographs are to be taken between 12:01 a.m. and midnight on Aug. 31. They may be made with still cameras, mobile telephones or video cameras, according to “Viena diena Latvijā” organizers. Photos then are to be uploaded to the project’s Web site. Some of the photographs may end up in an album, digital presentation or exhibit.

Fifty professional photographers from Latvia and from several other countries will record specific assignments. Another 53 photographers and well-known Latvians with a passion for photography have been invited to augment the work of the professionals.

Further details on the project are available from

Andris Straumanis is a special correspondent for and a co-founder of Latvians Online. From 2000–2012 he was editor of the website.

One thought on “Latvians abroad encouraged in documentary project

  1. Esi sveicinats no sidnejas australijas. Si ideja ir laba,bet es gribetu ari pievienoties ja ir nakamais projekts. Mana ideja butu,ka viss pasaules latviesu fotografijas izstadi to pasu temu,bet par pasu savu valsti. Esmu maksliniece, glesnotaja, zimetaja un fotografeteja caurmera visu savu jauniesa dzivi. Sis ir tikai ideja tad parejie latviesi varetu pievienoties sadam interasantam pasakumam. Sveicieni no Sidnejas Australijas.

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