Surrealism and Photography in Czechoslovakia: On the Needles of Days (Studies in Surrealism)

Surrealism and Photography in Czechoslovakia: On the Needles of Days (Studies in Surrealism)

By: Ian Walker (author), Krzysztof Fijalkowski (author), Michael Richardson (author), Dr. Gavin Parkinson (series_editor)Hardback

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Surrealism and Photography in Czechoslovakia: On the Needles of Days sheds much-needed light on the location of the greatest concentration of Surrealist photography and examines the culture and tradition within which it has taken root and flourished. The volume explores a rich and important artistic output, very little of which has been seen outside of its land of origin. Based on extensive research at museums in Prague and Brno and many conversations with participants in and historians of the movement, Krzysztof Fijalkowski, Michael Richardson and Ian Walker analyse how this photographic work has developed cohesively and rigorously, from the beginnings of Czech Surrealism in 1934, to the intriguing researches of the present-day Czech and Slovak Surrealist group by way of mysterious veiled responses to the repressive contexts with which they were faced from the 1950s to the 1980s. The main chapters, ordered chronologically, are intersected with shorter texts examining specific works. The reader will find in this volume images that present challenges to our understanding of how photographic work has been used within surrealism, pinpointing individual pictures whose dynamic charge may induce instants of compelling interrogation and disruption.

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Krzysztof Fijalkowski is Senior Lecturer, Fine Art, Norwich University of the Arts. Michael Richardson is Visiting Fellow, Centre for Cultural Studies, Goldsmiths, University of London and was recently Visiting Professor in the Centre for Global Studies, Hitotsubashi University, Tokyo. Ian Walker is Reader in the History of Photography, University of Wales, Newport.


Contents: Introduction; Years of long days: surrealism in Czechoslovakia, Michael Richardson and Krzysztof Fijalkowski; Photo analysis A: poetry, revolution and the city, Krzysztof Fijalkowski; Jindrich A tyrskA1/2 and Czech surrealist photography in the 1930s, Ian Walker; Photo analysis B: Paris Afternoon, Ian Walker; Between photograph and poem: A tyrskA1/2 and Heisler's On the Needles of these Days, Ian Walker; Photo analysis C: impossible objects, Krzysztof Fijalkowsi; Objective poetry: post-war Czech surrealist photography and the everyday, Krzysztof Fijalkowski; Photo analysis D: In the Courtyard, Michael Richardson; Emila MedkovA!, the magic of despair, Krzysztof Fijalkowsi; Photo analysis E: At The castle of La Coste, Michael Richardson; 'Island beacons in the sea of reality': the photographic cycles of Vilem Reichmann and JA-rA- Sever, Ian Walker; Photo analysis F: J.S. Bach: Fantasia in G Minor, Ian Walker; Complementary knowledge: photography in the contemporary group of Czech-Slovak surrealists, Krzysztof Fijalkowski and Michael Richardson; Appendices; Bibliography; Index.

Product Details

  • publication date: 28/07/2013
  • ISBN13: 9781409406280
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 214
  • ID: 9781409406280
  • weight: 704
  • ISBN10: 1409406288

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