Monday, December 8, 2008

Josef Sudek

From time to time, I will comment on photographers that are both intriguing and have influenced me. One such artist is Joseph Sudek. Sudek was born on March 17, 1896 and died September 15, 1976. Sudek was severely injured during World War I while fighting in the Austro-Hungarian Army. This injury ultimately resulted in the amputation of his left arm at the shoulder. It was not until after the amputation did his photography truly come to life.
Sudek is most often noted for his extensive photographic study of Prague however, my interest in his work is primarily confined to his garden, studio window and still life photographs. The bulk of this material was completed during the time he was confided to his studio as a result of the Nazi occupation of Prague during World War II. This work impresses as highly meditative all the while maintaining a quality of simplicity. His print quality is exceptional and his understanding of light unmatched.

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