Kania, Constantin

Identity

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Person (Male)

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  • Ecole de Retouche (in Antwerp)

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  • Connected

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Life dates

Olmütz [Moravia, Austria-Hungary] now Olomouc [CZ], 1863 - ?, ?

Activity

1893 Anvers, Rempart des Tailleurs de Pierre, 64
Constantin François (Frans), ° 8.2.1863. Arrived in Antwerp on 28.2.1887 coming from Amsterdam [NL], when he was declared as a photographer. A self-styled "professor of retouching", Kania set up a school and laboratory at this address to give instruction. A police report of 28.4.1893 stated: "Kania is occupied particularly with retouching and enlarging artistic photographs and painting, which gives him an income of around 6 500 francs a year. He is well known and has a strong clientele amongst the nobility [sic]". An advertising flyer for his "Ecole de Retouche" incorporates testimonials written between August 1891 and May 1892 by nine satisfied customers including eight members of the ABP. For instance Gustave Van Bellingen wrote that "... although having little notion of drawing, I have learned from Professor Kania how to retouch photographic negatives in thirty lessons". The school was short-lived and was probably dissolved by late 1893 since Kania left Antwerp and was recorded living in Brussels - Saint-Josse between March and October 1894.
1895 Bruxelles, Rue Melsens, 5
Retoucher. "Kama" in the directory.
1896 - 1900 ca Bruxelles, Place Sainte-Gudule, 3
Retoucher. Kania was registered back in Antwerp in 1913. At this juncture he was recorded using two aliases, Zarubaly and Engels, and as not having an occupation or visible means of support.

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1893 Anvers, Rempart des Tailleurs de Pierre, 64
1895 Bruxelles, Rue Melsens, 5
1896 - 1900 ca Bruxelles, Place Sainte-Gudule, 3

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DIRECTORY_1997#2413

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FotoMuseum Provincie Antwerpen

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SFJ revised 2.10.2020 based on information supplied by M. Demaeght

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