Czech Photographic Avant-Garde, 1918-1948
The first comprehensive survey of Czech avant-garde photography of the first half of the twentieth century.
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 Frantiek Drtikol, Jaromir Funke, Jaroslav Rssler, Jindich tyrsk, 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 duotone and color images, many published here for the first time.
The Czech edition of this book received the Best Photographic Publication of 1999-2000 award from Primavera Fotogrfica in Barcelona and from Month of Photography in Bratislava and was one of six finalists for the 2001 Kraszna-Krausz Photography Book Award.