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Sudek - The Poet of Prague

by Suzanne G. on August 28th, 2004

Everything around us, dead or alive, in the eyes of a crazy photographer mysteriously takes on many variations, so that a seemingly dead object comes to life through light or by its surroundings... to capture some of this - I suppose that's lyricism.

- Josef Sudek

© Josef Sudek
(click on thumbnails for detailed view)

"I remember one time, in one of the Romanesque halls, deep below the spires of the cathedral [St. Vitus] - it was dark as in catacombs - with just a small window below street level inside the massive medieval walls. We setup the tripod and camera and then sat down on the floor and talked. Suddenly Sudek was up like lightening. A ray of sun had entered the darkness and both of us were waving cloths to raise mountains of dust 'to see the light,' as Sudek said. Obviously he had known that the sun would reach here perhaps two or three times a year and he was waiting for it."

- Sonja Bultaty, assistant to Sudek

→ Works by Josef Sudek are currently exhibited at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (through 17th January 2005)

NYT article on Josef Sudek (by Sarah Boxer)

Monograph on Josef Sudek
(Kehayoff publishers, 1998, ISBN 3-9290-7855-4)

... if only Steven Soderbergh had had a chance to engage Sudek as a creative director for Kafka...


Picture index:

(From top to bottom, left to right)

Josef Sudek: Cover photograph for Kafka magazine
Josef Sudek: Evening on Charles Bridge, 1940
Josef Sudek: Magic Garden, 1952
Josef Sudek: Svaty Vit, 1928
Josef Sudek: Chrám Sv. Víta - St. Vitus Cathedral