Samoilă Mârza

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Born September 18, 1886(1886-09-18)
Galtiu village, Sântimbru Commune, Alba County, Kingdom of Romania
Died December 19, 1967(1967-12-19) (aged 81)
Alba Iulia, Romania

Samoilă (Emanuil) Mârza (1886–1967) was a Romanian photographer. A native of Transylvania region and a veteran of World War I, he is best known for taking the only photographs of the Great National Assembly at Alba Iulia [Marea Adunare Naţională de la Alba Iulia] that proclaimed the Union of Transylvania with Romania on 1 December 1918. The day is celebrated as Romania's national holiday, and, with time, Mârza's images acquired political and documentary significance.


  • Gheorghe Anghel, "Samoilă Mîrza, fotograful Unirii (1886-1967)", Apulum, VII/II, 1969, pp 361-374
  • Aurel A. Sîntimbrean, Horea Bedelean, Aura Bedelean, Samoilă Mârza: 1886-1967, Fotograful Unirii Transilvaniei cu România, 1 Decembrie 1918, Alba lulia: "Altip" Publishing House, 2003; 2nd ed, Alexandria Publishing House, 2016. (Romanian).
  • Albumul Marii Uniri/ The Album of the Great Union: 1918/ Samoilă Mârza, intro Radu Mârza, English trans. Oana Răican, Bucharest: Monitorul Oficial R.A., 2018. [1] (English)/{(Romanian)
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