miroslav tichy

April 26, 2008

i was checking out one of my favorite blogs this morning 5b4 which is a blog about mostly photography books. they mentioned an interesting photographer who i had never heard of before, miroslav tichy. i guess ive had my head in a hole in the ground because im just hearing about him. but wow, what beautiful photographs.

“Tichý is truly one of the great ‘finds’ of unknown artists who worked on the outside edges of the art world. Following the Communist takeover, Tichý spent some eight years in prison camps and jails for no particular reason other than he was ‘different’ and was considered subversive. Upon his release in the early 70’s, Tichý wandered his small town in rags, pursuing his obsession as an artist with the female form by photographing in the streets, shops and parks with cameras he made from tin cans, childrens spectacle lenses and other junk he found on the street. He would return home each day to make prints on equally primitive equipment, making only one print from the negatives he selected.
He stole intimate glimpses of his subjects through windows and the fences of swimming pools as well as in the streets, sometimes finding himself in trouble with the police.” -michael hoppen gallery website

another 5b4 post about him: 5b4

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One Response to “miroslav tichy”

  1. John Masters Says:

    Nice post. I have become a fan of Tichy’s work. I see it as a refection of the hidden, secretive and bucolic world in which he lived. The strict regime forced him to construct his own personal freedoms. Lovely. Thanks.


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