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Czech Photographic Avant-Garde, 1918-1948 
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311 pages 
MIT Press 
Published 2002 
From Library Journal 
Beginning in the 1920s, art photographers of Eastern Europe were influenced by such avant-garde movements as Constructivism, Dadaism, and Surrealism. These artists were especially interested in experimentation, using new forms of photo-based image making, including photograms, collage, photomontage, and abstraction. In turn, they used this new visual language to communicate political ideology to the masses, helping to make photography a powerful means of expression. The avant-garde photography movement has been well documented with one exception: Czechoslovakia. Because Czechoslovakia was culturally isolated until the fall of its Communist regime in 1989, the work of many Czech avant-garde photographers has been omitted from most history texts. Edited by Birgus (Academy of Performing Arts, Prague), this volume offers the first comprehensive survey of early Czech avant-garde photography, helping to acknowledge the underrecognized artists who contributed to the avant-garde tradition. Beautifully illustrated with more than 300 duotone and color images, the book also includes art and artist chronologies, biographies, a bibliography, and an index. Given the award for Best Photographic Publication of 1999-2000 at the International Festival Primavera Fotogr fica in Barcelona, this book is recommended for all art and photography collections. 
Shauna Frischkorn, Millersville Univ., PA 
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.  
Language Notes 
Text: English (translation) 
Original Language: Czech  
Book Description 
Not until the fall of the communist regime in 1989 and the end of Czechoslovakia's cultural isolation did the world begin to appreciate the Czech avant-garde photographers of the first half of the twentieth century. This first survey of Czech avant-garde photography introduces the important work of František Drtikol, Jaromir Funke, Jaroslav R¸ssler, Jindøich Štyrský, Josef Sudek, and numerous others whose work made Czech photography synonymous with visions of modernity. The essays introduce the period and explore the background and connections among the photographers. Biographical profiles are also included. But the book's main attraction is its outstanding collection of duotone and color images, many published here for the first time. The Czech edition of this book received the "Best Photographic Publication of 1999-2000" award from Primavera Fotogr▀fica in Barcelona and from Month of Photography in Bratislava and was one of six finalists for the 2001 Kraszna-Krausz Photography Book Award. Not for sale in the Czech Republic

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