Saturday, September 8, 2012

Josef Sudek's Photography

It's been years since I first encountered Josef Sudek's photography, but I can still say that it is one of the most beautiful things I have ever seen. His artwork captures not just the subject, but Genius Loci - the air and spirit that occupies the space around the subject.

Walking through Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, I had a surprise encounter with his photography.

Portrait of the Painter Vaclav Sivko

Upon searching the Museum's database, I was surprised to discover that they have quite a collection of Sudek's work, including many of my favorites.

Morning Trolley (Prague)

Sunday Afternoon on Kolin Island

Svàty Vit

Z Invalidovny (From the Veterans Hospital)

And no one can create still life as poetic as Sudek.

His still life is at once delicate and intimate, sad and warm, timeless and fleeting. He somehow gives soul to the objects as if they are breathing, thinking life forms.

Still Life

Glasses and Eggs

Unfortunately, only Portrait of the Painter is on display now. I hope MFA will open an exhibition of his works someday.

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