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Marie ŠechtlováMarie Šechtlová
This monograph on one of the most influential Czech photographers of the 1960s, with texts by Antonín Dufek, Jan Kríž and the author herself, contains 100 full page photographs from her most famous works including New York, Russia, Romani People, Circus, Music, Nudes, and portraits of prominent people such as Josef Šíma, František Hrubín and Jean Effel. The book also contains additional reproductions from contemporary magazines, an interview by Josef Musil with the author‘s daughter Marie Michaela Šechtlová, as well as the most complete biography published to date, and a list of her exhibitions.
Review by Robert Hirsch:
Marie Sechtlova: Photography 1960-1970 offers a rare look into the graphic yet humanistic vision of a Czechoslovakian woman photographer during a decade of political and social upheaval. This high-quality publication is a tribute to Sechtlova‘s lyrical approach, situated within the Czech avant-garde lineage, which creatively sidestepped the difficulties of expressing humanistic values under a repressive communist regime that imprisoned her husband for his photographic activities. Among her wide repertoire, All Eyes (1964), a joint effort with poet Jan Noha, establishes a balancing point between image and text by utilizing metaphoric, dramatic abstraction, unconventional perspective, and unusual use of focus, to communicate hopefulness for the future. (Robert Hirsch is an artist, curator, educator, historian and author of several books including Seizing the Light: A Social History of Photography and Light and Lens: Photography in the Digital Age.)
Marie Šechtlová, fotografie–photography, 1960–1970 Publisher Marie Šechtlová, In Czech and English language, ISBN 978-80-904323-0-7, Hardcover, 21x24 cm, 184 pages. (Available through Amazon and Kosmas with the Czech Republic.)