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Marie Sechtlova: fotografie - photography, 1960-1970 (English and Czech Edition) Hardcover – April 25, 2009
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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 (such as Seizing the Light: A Social History of Photography; Light and Lens: Photography in the Digital Age)
About the Author
Marie Sechtlova, nee Kokesova (1928-2008) began her photographic career in 1945. After her marriage to Josef Sechtl, she helped develop the family Sechtl & Vosecek photographic studio until 1953, when it was nationalized by the communist government. In the late 1950s, she became an art photographer, and in the 1960s, she was one of most successful photographers of "the poetry of the everyday". Together with her husband, she published a number of books, and produced many exhibitions, and also pioneered the use of large scale photographic prints for interior decoration.
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