by fernand de Beauvoir
being in Prague, and commenting to a friend, there is always a “linear description” to the way I see photographically. it’s something like Josef Sudek+ André Kertész+ Saul Leiter, and I want to include a second Czech Photographer: Jaromír Funke. it feels more comfortable to realize this after some years, than start aping them from the naïve beginning. that is, go about photography in a autodidactic way, then realize what’s happening, and study these photographers. to be able to sense their environments is also a very pleasant surprise, despite the distant era.
at least the way that I manage to find out about photographers, the Czech contingency is quite the blind spot. luckily, because of first discovering Josef Sudek, and the instant connection it made with me, then I was suggested to look at the work of Jaromír Funke. surely, there is a feeling of German Expressionism to his work, mainly through the work of light and shadows in his still life. though I think the resulting “flattened” perspective of the resulting image has me thinking of Italian Futurism— as the lines in the photo below demonstrate. while his books/work are not easy to find, thanks to the reissues and/or retrospectives, his book Between Construction and Emotion is a favorite one in my collection. I also love this aspect about his short life: « He studied medicine, law, and philosophy at the Charles University in Prague and the University of Bratislava but did not graduate and instead turned to photography. » perhaps a projection of a wish for my life’s path.
links: Between Construction and Emotion (at ArtBook) & Jaroslav Rössler‘s Czech Avant-Garde Photographer (at AbeBooks). a photo gallery and noting the exhibit now in Frankfurt (at L’œil de la Photographie)
by Jaromir Funke