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Oct 4, 2017 6:30 PM

Ester Havlova: Bound to Architecture

Photography exhibition.



Ester Havlova is a professional photographer focused on architecture but also on theater photography. An award-winning artist, she has created fascinating images for many Czech books and catalogs about classical and modern architecture. She is especially known for mapping Czech cubist architectural scene - the book with her photographs addressing the work of the famous cubist architect Josef Gocar was awarded the Most Beautiful Book of Year 2010 award at the Czech Grand Design Awards. She was named Photographer of the Year at the same time.

Ester Havlova studied at the Film Academy of Performing Arts in Prague with professor Pavel Stecha. This outstanding photographer had a strong influence on her attitude and perception of architectural photography. Her simple interpretation without any misleading and glamorizing effects concentrates on special characteristic details, rhythm of lines and planes, color play and light contrasts. She looks for the moments which make the object unique - it could be a part of the structure, an opening, a network of elements or a pattern on the facade. She sees geometric lines and links as abstract images which, connected with authentic details, sometimes suddenly shift her image above a realistic description of the building or photographed object. This way, the artist offers a thin passage to non-real space of almost sci-fi fantasy and to inner secret rooms of our imagination. Architectural photography is a full-time job - to be good at it, one must dedicate most of his time, must really love houses and try to understand them. Ester Havlova has been working with leading Czech architects and art historians who have cultivated her knowledge and ties to exceptional buildings as well as architectural ideas and solutions. For her, architecture has become her main source of inspiration - to the extent that she really doesn't separate commissions and photography taken for sole interest in it. While traveling, she sometimes documents interesting houses and buildings just for her own joy and visual adventure. Thanks to it, we can share and appreciate her view: images elegant, austere, sophisticated and exciting at the same time.


BBLA Gallery at Bohemian National Hall
321 East 73rd St, 3rd Floor
New York, NY 10021
Viewing hours: Monday - Friday 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM




Oct 4, 2017 6:30 PM


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