Fotograf Magazine

#17 Amateur Photography

Amateurism, the theme of this issue, is a phenomenon that has been tied to photography not from the medium’s very beginning, but rather from the period when taking photographs became accessible to a broader range of social classes.  At the start, photography was an exclusive, very demanding process (both operationally and cost-wise) that was however gradually simplified. Over time a business element entered the process:  sellers not just of cameras, but also of photo materials, chemicals, etc. had an interest in the maximum expansion of the market and thus in the gradual simplification of process.  The result of this effort was the gradual permeation of photography into a wide array of layers of society.

Our attempt here is that this issue recognize amateur photographers as an important source of great artistic talent that has made a place for itself in the artistic sphere and also to recognize the important societal role the amateur movement had in shaping society.  We also attempt to give a new view of the creative work of one-time famous amateur artists, whose work has been forgotten and covered over by new trends.  There is a dramatic change here in the view of amateur movements; this also because the photographic process has already become a global, daily ritual.  

#17 Amateur Photography — Profiles

Robert Carrithers

Pavel: I read from your bio that you started as an actor and performer. You then gradually became involved in creative collaborations with theatres, music clubs and visual art centers. You eventually began to photograph and film the events that you were involved with and developed quite a unique multi-media career…

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#17 Amateur Photography — Profiles

Viktor Frešo

Concept:
The author is photographed with people famous in the media from the Czech Republic and Slovakia. In this way, a famous personality becomes co-author of a photograph capturing me, Viktor Frešo, dressed in a suit, representing the prototype of a smiling, successful, young man…

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#17 Amateur Photography — Profiles

Lucia Nimcová

Photography is the most obvious language for describing reality. What is shown in the photograph is reality, but, as we know from the history of the genre, much depends on the vantage point and intention of the photographer, as well as whom s/he shoots and how…

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#17 Amateur Photography — Profiles

Rudo Prekop

Problematice nalezených filmů jsem se začal věnovat začátkem devadesátých let. Oslovovala mě ryzost a pravdivost jejich mimouměleckého obrazového sdělení. Od samého začátku se můj zájem paralelně soustřeďoval na dvě základní polohy: Jednak na rodinné snímky a filmy mého vlastního příbuzenstva, které tvořily mozaiku mé osobní topografie…

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