Ausstellung mit 5 Portfolios  der Avantgarde und Klassikern der tschechischen Photographie des 20. Jahrhunderts


mit Jaromir Funke, Jaroslav Rössler, Joseph Sudek und Milos Korecek


vom 07. März   ̶  16. April 2016


Eröffnung: Samstag, den 5. März um 19h


Die Photo Edition Berlin präsentiert ab dem 06. März 2015 die Ausstellung CZECH PORTFOLIOS mit vier herausragenden Positionen tschechischer Photographie des 20. Jahrhunderts.

Portrait of Jaromir Funke, Prague, 1928  by Josef Sudek
Portrait of Jaromir Funke, Prague, 1928 by Josef Sudek

Jaromír Funke (1896–1945)

Während seines Jurastudiums 1918 bis 1922 in Prag begann Funke zu photographieren und war dort seit 1922 als freier Photograph tätig. 1922 gründete er mit Josef Sudek und anderen den Photoklub Prag, aus dem 1924 die Tschechische Photographische Gesellschaft hervorging. Zwischen 1927 und 1929 beschäftigte sich Funke hauptsächlich mit Photogrammen. 1929 entstand der Zyklus "Reflexe", 1930 bis 1934 "Die Zeit dauert" und 1940 bis 1944 "Ungesättigte Erde". 1931 bis 1934 war Funke Lehrer für Photographie an der Photographischen Berufsschule in Breslau, bis 1935 an der dortigen Schule des Kunsthandwerks Professor für Photographie und anschließend bis 1944 an der Staatlichen Graphischen Schule in Prag. Funkes große Bedeutung liegt nicht allein im photographischen Werk, sondern auch in seiner Tätigkeit als Lehrer, Kritiker und Theoretiker.

Jaromír Funke (1896–1945)


czech photographer and theorist. together with josef sudek and jaroslav rössler he was one of the most important representatives of czech avant-garde photography of the 1920s and 1930s. he studied medicine, law and philosophy at charles university in prague and at the university of bratislava but did not graduate. as an amateur photographer from 1920 he promoted ‘pure’ photography instead of traditional refined prints resembling the graphic arts and painting. a professional freelance photographer from 1922, he was a leader of the young opposition movement in photography, who founded the czech society of photography (1924) and who wanted photography to fulfil new social functions. in his work funke managed to combine some of the leading tendencies of european photography between the two world wars, uniting constructivism and functionalism with surrealism and social commentary. at the same time he managed to retain traditional czech lyrical qualities. his work was rational, communicative, inventive in design and emotionally effective. a typical feature is his use of the dynamic diagonal.


By the early 1920s Funke's work reflected a growing interest in modernist ideas, and he began to make clearly focused studies of simple objects. As the decade progressed, he turned to the production of carefully arranged still lifes emphasizing abstract form and the play of light and shadow. During this time he also produced several important series of photographs, including two inspired by the images of Eugène Atget: Reflexy (Reflections, 1929) and as trvá (Time Persists, 1930-34). Funke was also influential as a teacher, first at the School of Arts and Crafts, Bratislava (1931-34/35), which followed a Bauhaus-inspired curriculum, and then at the State School of Graphic Arts, Prague (1935-44). While in Bratislava, he became interested in social documentary photography and joined the leftist group Sociofoto, which was concerned with recording the living conditions of the poor. Throughout his career Funke published articles and critical reviews dealing with photography. From 1939-41 he worked with Josef Ehm to edit the magazine Fotografik obzor (Photographic Horizon).

Portfolio - Jaromir Funke 10 Photographien. Portfolio IV. Prague House of Photography, 1995. Edition Nr. 6 /30 Edited by Suzanne Pastor.


Portfolio of ten modern prints made from the original glass plate negatives. Edited and with text by Suzanne Pastor for Prague House of Photography, with the authorization of Dr. Miroslava Rupesova, daughter of Jaromir Funke, in a limited edition of 30 numbered copies (plus five artist proofs numbered I-V) by master photographer Jan Splichal, Prague, on Neobrom and Kodak Ektalure papers, archivally treated and toned. Each print stamped and numbered verso, adjusted in archival acid-free mats with silk-screened numbered text and in silk-screened linen box. Portfolio size with Passepartouts 40x50 cm. Size of each photograph various.


This (first and only ever) modern edition of Funke's work has been sold out.

Complete available edition nr. 6/30; Another complete available edition nr. 19/30


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