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The Theatre Photography module contains the Institute's digitized collection of theatre photographs from Czech theatre
productions after 1945 (positives, negatives, slides, digital photographs), which has been systematically
assembled and digitized since 2010 with support from the EEA/Norway Financial Mechanisms. The entries are
made publicly accessible on the basis of the copyright owners' consent. If the copyright owner did not provide
permission, researchers can view the photographs only at the Institute's study rooms. Besides basic
information on productions, the photographs also contain information on actors and other persons.
Since we have so far only identified about half of all persons in the photographs, anyone searching
for a particular artist can use the Productions module to search for all productions in which
a particular individual appeared and see if there are any photographs of that person there.
The database of theatre photographs contains 318 641 records.
As a rule, diacritical marks do not play a role in fulltext searches or title searches. They do, however, make a difference
when filtering interim search results (theatre, person's name).
In order to filter interim results (fields with drop-down menu), the information is entered into the field and the choice
can be confirmed by clicking or checking the selection and choosing OK.
Besides using the mouse, you can also navigate through the interim results with your keyboard:
The selected records are ordered in descending order according to date of premiere – the ordering can be changed
(ascending and descending) by clicking on the header of any column.
By checking several/all productions (options appear by clicking on the arrow in the top left) and choosing which kind of
information will be displayed ("Place on detail" - bottom left), you can create a batch list of productions containing the desired information ("Show selected").
The basic information for all selected records can be exported ("Export") as a table in Excel or other format.
The checked records can be stored ("Insert to box"), where you can find them the next time you open the database
from the same computer (the "Box" tab above search field). This function also enables the batch printout or export or records
stored from several searches. When storing a large number of records, it is a good idea to empty the storage prior to saving additional records ("Remove from Box").
If, over the course of its existence, the theatre was ever part of another institution, this option must be chosen as well:
This is indicated in the list of theatres – example: Činohra Petra Bezruče
(jako součást jiné instituce) (= "as part of another institution"),
Činoherní klub (jako součást jiné instituce) (= "as part of another institution").
Given names in theatre names are abbreviated without spaces following the periods (Divadlo J.K.Tyla).
Clicking on the name of a production displays detailed information on this record.