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Czech Photographic Avant-Garde: 1918-1948

Czech Photographic Avant-Garde: 1918-1948

Czech Photographic Avant-Garde: 1918-1948

By Victor Birgus

"Now translated into English, this important book...expands our knowledge of the history of photography of this critical period."—B&W Magazine

" cannot but be startled by the depth and importance of the Czech tradition."—Mark Pohlad, History of Photography

"...this book reveals the body of work that paved the way for later Czech photographers."—Mark Wojahn, Rain Taxi Review of Books

"This remarkable collection will repay hours of study and belongs in the library of anyone who seriously studies modern photography."—Choice Magazine

Not until the fall of the communist regime in 1989 and the end of Czechoslovakia's cultural isolation did the world begin to appreciate the Czech avant-garde photographers of the first half of the twentieth century. This first survey of Czech avant-garde photography introduces the important work of František Drtikol, Jaromir Funke, Jaroslav Rössler, Jindøich Štyrský, Josef Sudek, and numerous others whose work made Czech photography synonymous with visions of modernity. The essays introduce the period and explore the background and connections among the photographers. Biographical profiles are also included. But the book's main attraction is its outstanding collection of duo-tone and color images, many published here for the first time.

311 pages
MIT Press, 2002
9 x 1.2 x 11 inches
ISBN 9780262025164
Photography, Czech Artists

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