Photo credits: Kel Marubi, “Two mountain women and a Catholic from Shkodra” (end of the 19th century). From Loïc Chauvin and Christian Raby, Marubi, une dynastie de photographes albanais, Paris 2011

* Pietro Marubi was an Italian garibaldinian, who moved to Shkodra around 1850 in order to escape from the suspicion of the Austro-Hungarian authorities. In the Ottoman Empire he found a safe refuge. An architect, painter and sculpturer, Marubi  reinvented himself in exile as a photographer and set up the first photographic studio in Albania, taken up later by his local successor Kel Marubi.