Fotograf Magazine

#4 intimacy

The subject of intimacy is both tempting and at the same time dangerously popular, not to say populist. Apart from corporeal or erotic intimacy, however, there is intimacy regarding personal space and the objects and stories within this space, which has been the focus of photography from its earliest days. The visual record of this intimacy neither seeks attention nor wishes to provoke, instead it seems to represent the photographer’s quest to find balance in relation to the outside world, a quest for inner harmony. It seems appropriate that Josef Sudek, who is foremost among the classics of Czech photography to prefigure this notion of intimacy, was once dubbed by the Czech poet Jaroslav Seifert as “the great harmonizer”.

#4 Intimacy — Portfolios

Bohdan Holomíček

“Following a diary can carrry you across centuries, and suddenly you breathe that time alongside the author, and can almost touch it. With photographs it is even easier than with the written word, as an image needs no translation, it is the simplest of languages…

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#4 Intimacy — Portfolios

Markéta Othová

Markéta Othová (1968) has never taken good “photos”, and nor has she cared to. Her intention has always been, and remains, quite the opposite. Through “photos” she tries to discover and make accessible a vision that will always remain purely her own…

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#4 Intimacy — Portfolios

Tina Bara

Mimetic behavior should be considered as conditio humana, but it is only in the difference between the imitation and the imitated that individuality really comes into being, and if we are speaking about art, the imaginative or creative quality…

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#4 Intimacy — Profiles

Hynek Alt & Saša Vajd

Hynek Alt and Aleksandra Vajd, are not only a Czech-Slovenian collaborative artistic team within the medium of photography, they are a couple in life as well. They were in charge of the workshop course Photographic Author’s Book during the 2002/2003 school year at FAMU, Prague, where they also completed their Master’s degrees in Photography…

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#4 Intimacy — Profiles

Martina Mullaney

In a 1967 essay the French thinker Michel Foucault outlined the concept of the heterotopia. This is a space where, within defined and organised boundaries, and despite the intention of its design, there may be multiple and contradictory uses…

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#4 Intimacy — Portfolios

Jan Svoboda

Jan Svoboda (1934–1990) became a legend of Czech photography already in his lifetime. Not even fifteen years after his death, this legend has achieved a near-Faustian dimension, which gradually begins to obscure the work of its creator…

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