Fotograf Magazine

#18 80′

The 1980s in local and global culture have gained in recent times an unexpected amount of interest, not only from art theoreticians, but also from the youngest generation of artists and viewers.  This is perhaps also nostalgia for art that reacts to its time worldwide with an atypical, charged intensity:  often with a naive openness.  

Looking back, it is in fact the 1980s that are connected with dramatic changes in a politically-divided world, which brought mainly to Central and Eastern Europe a newfound freedom of thought, expression, and creation, but also the attack of globalization, which logically impacted the field of photography as well.  In this regard, it is indeed the 1980s that are special in their being anchored in the past, but at the same time through their hope fixed on the coming future.  Through all this they gain, mainly for the youngest generation, a slightly unexpected attractiveness of the unknown and that which is irretrievably past. 

#18 80' — Profiles

Bernard Faucon

Bernard Faucon arrived at the decision to devote his life to open creation by fits and turns. His loving grandmother – also an artist – gave her grandson a Semflex brand camera and thus taking pictures with colour film became a part of this growing man’s life…

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#18 80' — Profiles

Francesca Woodman

“It’s a matter of comfort. I am always available.”

The year was 1972. Boulder, Colorado, USA. Thirteen-year-old Francesca Woodman just received a Yashica double reflex camera. She sat down comfortably on the couch, tossing her thick hair over her face and she pressed the self-timer…

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#18 80' — Profiles

Jano Pavlík

Just a few years ago few people knew the work of Jano Pavlík (1963– 1988). Lack of literature, almost no exhibition activity, a hard way to access photographic legacy. A native son of the Slovak town, Snina, who came to study photography at FAMU in 1982 together with other Slovaks (later called the Slovak New Wave), and just five years later he interrupted his exceptional work forever with his voluntary death…

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#18 80' — Profiles

Krzysztof Wodiczko

With a time gap of more than a quarter-century, it is clear that the situation of a person living originally under East European communist totalitarianism, who as an adult shifted from one jilted societal order to another (capitalism), can consider that a priceless life experience…

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#18 80' — Profiles

Mari Mahr

You once described yourself as a ‘curious amalgam’ of different cultures, a modest way of invoking a life story that has been crossed by some of the great fault lines of the twentieth century…

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#18 80' — Profiles

Mark Morrisroe

The candy-coloured embrace of two innocently frowning puppies in a collage, both sweet and at the same time wild, covered with rough brush strokes of coloration. The torn paper references one of Mark Morrisroe’s typical gestures, from which this early piece hails: brush strokes, cracks in paper, folds, creases and scratches; and primarily fingerprints and dust that he carried from the surface of the rough-handled negatives onto photographic paper…

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