the photography of alban & virginia curtze. scanned slides. no edits. no corrections.
Virginia and Alban Curtze began traveling together just after World War II beginning in Turkey. A 1948 trip to Mexico lead them up the active volcano Popocatepetl and climbing the Mayan ruins. Their other trips in the 1960’s included Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Italy. Their final trips in the 1970’s included Afghanistan, Pakistan, Nepal, India, Thialand, Cambodia, Japan, Manila and Hawaii.
Alban and Virginia Marie were both avid photographers. Alban was inspired by the historical value in things, and was known to take informative photographs that showed how people lived or ate, and of broad landscapes. Virginia Marie was inspired by artistic impressions, and took detail-oriented photographs of clothes, crafts and designs. Virginia Marie frequently took portrait photographs. Among several Kodak International Salon Star Exhibitor gold stars for “Best in Show,” Virginia Marie also won the Kodak International award from Lake Como, Italy in 1993 for one of her character studies of an Afghan boy. She later became an International Photographic Exhibit Judge, which added to many of her and Alban’s trips.
Alban’s history and storytelling photos coupled with his wife’s artistic photos made for great presentations back home in Erie, PA. As an attorney, Alban was comfortable giving speeches, and gave presentations at churches and men's service clubs. Virginia Marie would speak to the Women's Club or Garden Club. They both would give presentations together at places like the Erie Camera Club and Erie Travel Club. Once they returned home to Erie, Alban and Virginia Marie greatly enjoyed sharing with the community their unusual experiences, and the history of the land and people. They both were involved in combining their respective pictures into the talks that they gave. They both immensely enjoyed the trips, the time together planning and taking the trips and then presenting what they had learned about the history of the lands and people. Telling unusual experiences was part of their enjoyment that they shared together and with people.
Biography: Alban and Virginia Marie Curtze
By Allie Wynands