Matuszni Family Archive

collection Matuszni Family Archive
authors Antoni Matuszny
starring Anna Matuszna; Antoni Matuszny; Elżbieta Matuszna; Paulina Matuszna; Franciszek Wojciuch; Jadwiga Wojciuch
length 02'46
location Poland
year 1986
format 8 mm
color black and white
signature PAFD 0015 010
source of funding Ministry of Culture and National Heritage

Antoni Matuszny, who came from the Beskid village of Laliki, was interested in photography since he was a child. As he recalls, he wanted to save the life of his family and the countryside in the 1970s from oblivion. At the age of thirteen, he bought the first camera, and when he was 24 – the camera of the Soviet Quarz 5.

A film made during Christmas of 1986 in Cięcina. Antoni is sitting on a sofa and looking at children’s books with his daughters Anna and Paulina; a festively dressed Christmas tree is visible in the background. Antoni’s father-in-law, Franciszek Wojciuch, is rocking Anna in a swing suspended in the doorframe. Elżbieta, Antoni’s wife, is sitting in a rocking chair and is knitting. Paulina is sitting at the table with her aunt Jadwiga, Elżbieta’s sister. The girls are sitting together at the table, Paulina is drawing in her notebook.  

(KN, AT)


keywords Poland; Cięcina; family; family life; home; Christmas; holidays; Christmas tree; knitting needles; knitting; book; children; childhood