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Oct 19, 2004 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM

Czech Photography 1840-1950: A Story of a Modern Medium




Czech Center New York        



The publication Czech Photography 1840-1950: A Story of a Modern Medium will be presented by its author, Jaroslav Anděl, at the Czech Center New York. The book, which explores various uses of photography and introduces alternative readings of the photographic medium's development, accompanied the exhibition of the same name in Prague’s Rudolfinum Gallery at the start of this year.


Modern society is inconceivable without the mass distribution of images. Thus the beginnings of many current phenomena – from the cult of celebrity and images of daily events to pornography – are closely associated with the workings of the photographic medium.


In this view, photography is an integral part of art as well as of science and technology, entertainment, politics, commerce and also private life. The twenty-one sections of the publication Czech Photography 1840-1950: A Story of a Modern Medium examine the beginnings of these long-term trends and their reflections in photographic endeavor, while placing select works into a broader cultural context by means of quotes from writings of the time.


Rather than to present an overview of the history of photography in Bohemia and Moravia, the book seeks to bring to life the diverse uses of the photographic medium with respect to their current significance.


The publication of Czech Photography 1840-1950: A Story of a Modern Medium is in both Czech and English.



Jaroslav Anděl is an independent curator and scholar who lives in New York City. He received a Ph.D. in Art History from Charles University in Prague and an M.F.A. in Photography from the Film and Television Faculty of the Academy of the Performing Arts in Prague. He was Visiting Associate Professor at Columbia University in New York in 1993-1994. From 1996 to 1998 he was the director of the National Gallery's Museum of Modern Art in Prague. He has curated numerous exhibitions in Europe and the U.S., and is the author and editor of many publications on 20th century art.


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Oct 19, 2004 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM


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