JOSEF SUDEK 



Portfolio Josef Sudek

10 Photographs 1940-1972

Published by Rudolf Kicken Gallery 1982

Edition 26/50

signed and numbered

 

This Portfolio contains 10 photographs printed from the original negatives by Lobo Kotek on Neogaz Special, Neovera Extra and Brom Extra papers with the chemicals originally used by Josef Sudek. They have been printed and archivally processed under the supervision of Anna Fárová and authorized by Bozena Sudková.

 

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Josef Sudek (1896-1976) zählt zu den zehn bedeutendsten Fotografen der Fotogeschichte. Sudek fotografierte alle Genres wie Naturaufnahmen, Landschaften, Akte, Porträts oder Stillleben in derselben hohen Qualität, obwohl er im Ersten Weltkrieg seinen rechten Arm verloren hatte und eigentlich nur Fotograf wurde, weil eine Arbeit als Buchbinder nicht mehr möglich war.

Sudek gilt als Chronist der Stadt Prag, in der er 1927 ein Fotoatelier einrichtete, "Praha Panoramicka", ein Buch mit Panoramaaufnahmen der Stadt vom Zentrum bis hinaus in die Peripherie, das 1959 erschien, zählt zu den ungewöhnlichsten Fotobüchern überhaupt.

Doch letzlich verdankt Josef Sudek, der nur alte Plattenkameras benutzte und Großnegative bis zum Format 30 x 40 cm belichtete, seinen Ruhm den Stillleben von Alltagsgegenständen, die in seinem bescheidenen Gartenatelier entstanden und einer Serie, die den schlichten Titel "Blick aus meinem Fenster" trägt. Als Hitler 1939 Prag besetzte, waren Sudeks fotografische Streifzüge nicht mehr möglich, er entdeckte aber die Fensterscheibe seines Ateliers als Motiv, auf deren Fläche er den Lauf der Jahreszeiten dokumentierte.


Josef Sudek (17 March 1896, Kolín, Bohemia – 15 September 1976, Prague) was a Czech photographer, best known for his photographs of Prague.

Sudek was originally a bookbinder. During The First World War he was drafted into the Austro-Hungarian Army in 1915 and served on the Italian Front until he was wounded in the right arm in 1916. Although he had no experience with photography and was one-handed due to his amputation, he was given a camera. After the war he studied photography for two years in Prague under Jaromir Funke. His Army disability pension gave him leeway to make art, and he worked during the 1920s in the romantic Pictorialist style. Always pushing at the boundaries, a local camera club expelled him for arguing about the need to move forwards from 'painterly' photography. Sudek then founded the progressive Czech Photographic Society in 1924. Despite only having one arm, he used large, bulky cameras with the aid of assistants.

Sudek's photography is sometimes said to be modernist. But this is only true of a couple of years in the 1930s, during which he undertook commercial photography and thus worked "in the style of the times". Primarily, his personal photography is neo-romantic.

His early work included many series of light falling in the interior of St. Vitus cathederal. During and after World War II Sudek created haunting night-scapes and panoramas of Prague, photographed the wooded landscape of Bohemia, and the window-glass that led to his garden (the famous The Window of My Atelier series). He went on to photograph the crowded interior of his studio (the Labyrinths series).

His first Western show was at George Eastman House in 1974 and he published 16 books during his life.

Known as the "Poet of Prague", Sudek never married, and was a shy, retiring person. He never appeared at his exhibit openings and few people appear in his photographs. Despite the privations of the war and Communism, he kept a renowned record collection of classical music.


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