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HomeContents > People > Photographers > Jan Saudek

Dates:  1935, 13 May -
Born:  Czechoslovakia, Prague
Active:  Czechoslovakia
Website:  www.saudek.com
 
  
There are artists who walk the tightrope between fine art and titillation and Jan Saudek is one of these. The subject matter, which is frequently sexually explicit, can be visually beautiful and at the same time disturbing - this often means that the body of work as a whole is not as widely recognized as it deserves to be within the overall history of photography.

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Maria Kudosova
Portrait du photographe Jan Saudek dans son atelier 
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Wikipedia has a biography of this photographer.Show on this siteGo to website
Getty Research, Los Angeles, USA has an ULAN (Union List of Artists Names Online) entry for this photographer. This is useful for checking names and they frequently provide a brief biography. Go to website
Grove Art Online (www.groveart.com) has a biography of this artist. 
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Printed biographies

The following books are useful starting points to obtain brief biographies but they are not substitutes for the monographs on individual photographers.

 
• Evans, Martin Marix (Executive ed.) 1995 Contemporary Photographers [Third Edition] (St. James Press - An International Thomson Publishing Company) [Expensive reference work but highly informative.] 
  
• Hoy, Anne H. 1987 Fabrications: Staged, Altered and Appropriated Photographs (New York: Abbeville) p.195-196 
  
 

Useful printed stuff

If there is an analysis of a single photograph or a useful self portrait I will highlight it here.

 
• Bauret, Gabriel (ed. and text) 2001 Color Photography (New York: Assouline) [Includes example color photographs by Jan Saudek] 
  
• Gruber, Renate and L. Fritz Gruber 1982 The Imaginary Photo Museum (New York: Harmony Books) p.259 
  
• Sobieszek, Robert A. and Deborah Irmas 1994 the camera i: Photographic Self-Portraits (Los Angeles: LACMA - Los Angeles County Museum of Art) p.230, Plate 133 [When the Audrey and Sydney Irmas collection was donated to LACMA - Los Angeles County Museum of Art in 1992 the museum gained a remarkable collection of self portraits of notable photographers. If you need a portrait of Jan Saudek this is a useful starting point.] 
  
 
  
 
  
 
  
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