Jan Saudek  (Czech, 1935) 

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Jan Saudek (Czech, b.1935) is considered a leading Czech photographer, best known for his depictions of nudes and youthful figures arranged in dreamlike spaces. His compositions evoke the dramatic tableaus of early photography, with subjects artificially posed in front of the viewer. A survivor of World War II, many of Saudek’s family members died in concentration camps, and photography became a means to cope with haunting childhood memories. For many years, Saudek’s work remained underground in Prague as it would have garnered the attention of the secret police for its depiction of nudity and overt eroticism; at the time, such artistic expression was forbidden by the Communist leaders. Even with these restrictions in place, Saudek became well known in the West and eventually within his own country. His work has been exhibited at the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, The Art Institute of Chicago, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, NY, and the Getty in Los Angeles, CA.

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Jan Saudek, Nude with Gorilla Mask

 

Jan Saudek
Nude with Gorilla Mask
1983

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Jan Saudek, Guilty

 

Jan Saudek
Guilty, 1988
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Jan Saudek, New born baby in man's arms

 

Jan Saudek
New born baby in man's arms, 1966
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Jan Saudek, Indiana License Plate

 

Jan Saudek
Indiana License Plate, 1976
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1935   Born in Prague 13.5.1935
1950   Gets his first camera KODAK BABY Brownie - first photographic attempts
1952   Apprenticed to a photographer, he worked as a printing shop worker until 1983
1963   Influenced by the catalogue of the magnificent fotographic exhibition "Family of Man" (Edward Steichen)
1972   Finds his typical WALL composition, which became a sort of projection screen for his figural scenes.
1983   Works as a free-lance photographer - devotes himself fully to his own work
1990   Awarded the French title of "Le Chevalier des Arts and Letters" (Knight of Art and Literature),
2009   Now known as the Czech Republic's most famous photographer as well as one of the most popular photographers in the world.
2009   Galerie VELVET KELLY, Zilina
2008   Galerie VELVET, Bojnice (SK)
Royal Palace (spolu s J.P.Witkinem), Milano (IT)
2007   Galerie Jana Saudka, Praha (CZ)
2006   Mezina¡rodna­ fotobienaale, 6. rocnik, Moskva (RU)
2005   Dum U bileho jednorozce, Praha (CZ)
2004   Krisal Gallery, Geneve (Swiss)
2001   Comenius Museum, Naarden (NL)
2000   Carousel de Louvre, Art Paris, Galerie Mennour, Paris (F)
1999   Paris Foto, Galerie Mennour, Paris (F)
VB Photographic Centre, Kuopio (Fin)
1998   Bergamot Station Art Center BGH Gallery, Santa Monica (USA)
Obecni dum, Praha (CZ)
The Museum of Photography, Tel-Hai (Israel)
1997   Ken Damy Museo, Brescia (I)
Paris Foto, Krisal Gallery, Paris (F)
1996   Museum Umeni, Olomouc (CZ)
1995   A Gallery for fine photography, New Orleans (USA)
1994   Parco Gallery, Tokyo (J)
1993   Mesiac fotografie, Palffyho palac, Bratislava (SK)
1992   Galerie Municipale du Chateau d´Eau, Toulouse (F)
1991   Musee National de´Art Moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris (F)
Portfolio Gallery, London (UK)
1990   Robert Koch Gallery, Los Angeles (USA)
Yokohama Gallery, Yokohama (J)
R.I.P., Arles (F)
1989   Fotografie Forum Frankfurt, Frankfurt (D)
Jan Kesner Gallery, Los Angeles (USA)
1987   Musee d´Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Paris (F)
1986   Centre National de la Photographie, Paris (F)
Fotografie Forum Frankfurt, Frankfurt (D)
1985   Münchner Stadtmuseum, Munchen (D)
1984   Musee National d´Art Moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris (F)
1981   Cincinnati Art Museum , Cincinnati (USA)
Jacques Baruch Gallery, Chicago (USA)
Marcuse Pfeifer Gallery, New York (USA)
1980   FNAC - Montparnasse, Paris (F)
Photokina, Köln, (D)
1979   G.Ray Hawkins Gallery, Los Angeles (USA)
1978   Cincinnati Art Museum, Cincinnati (USA)
International Museum of Photography at George Eastman House, Rochester (USA)
1977   Australian Centre of Photography, Sydney (AUS)
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne (AUS)
R.I.P., Arles (F)
1976   Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago (USA)
Jacques Baruch Gallery, Chicago (USA)
1969   University of Indiana, Bloomington (USA)