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Bydgoszcz at the water

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We would like to present you with this unique album that was made out of love towards Bydgoszcz and the waterway traditions of the city. The publication contains over 150 unique photographs, both archival and contemporary, which present places and people connected to waterways. Water is a “city-building element”, telling our story which takes place on the Brda, the Vistula and the Bydgoszcz Canal.

The album is divided into five thematic sections containing photographs and postcards from the late 19th century until today. The photographs are arranged topographically, starting from the Bydgoszcz Canal, through the Brda and the city centre, to the Brdyujście residential area and the Vistula. The first part shows beautiful views of the city in which the riverside architecture of Bydgoszcz was depicted. Also worth noting are the bird’s-eye perspective photos. Apart from photos of the city on the Brda, there are also panoramas of the town of Fordon, which was incorporated into Bydgoszcz in the 1970s. Further in the album are photographs presenting various watercraft, such as barges, tugboats and cruise boats, as well as depictions of work in the port. Further still are bridges, both old and new. They greatly complement the city scenery. An important subject approached in the publication is the waterway-related industry. That is why the fourth part presents photographs of former and contemporary production and storage facilities. Most of the post-industrial buildings now serve a different purpose, such as culture or tourism. The final part of the album concerns the daily lives of the inhabitants. Spending free time by the water is something that captivates both younger and older citizens. The people looking at us from these photographs are full of energy and we can see their smiling faces. Who would not enjoy a cruise on the river, swimming, doing water sports or at the very least drinking a coffee by the water?

The book is the result of cooperation among people associated with the TeH2O Waterway, Industry and Craftsmanship Trail in Bydgoszcz. A major part of the archival photographs and postcards found in this publication belongs to the collection of the Leon Wyczółkowski Regional Museum in Bydgoszcz. The album is also enriched with materials provided by the Old Fordon Lovers Association and the Sebastian Malinowski Bydgoszcz Canal Museum. Many of the presented photographs were not published anywhere before. Meanwhile, the contemporary photos are the work of a renowned photographer and employee of the museum in Bydgoszcz, Wojciech Woźniak. The shots he provided are not a reference to the archival depictions of the city we know so well, but give a completely new fresh perspective.

We hope that our publication inspires you to explore the beauty and great potential of the Bydgoszcz waterways. May these exceptional photographs bring you plenty of joy. The story from the banks of the Brda, the Vistula and the Bydgoszcz Canal starts right now!

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