The photographic studio operated by Jaroslav Balzar (1894–1945) was one of the most exclusive firms in interwar Prague. Balzar’s earlier works are rendered in an Art Deco manner; later on, he turned to glamour photography as he was well acquainted with the world of theatre and film. Over many years, he befriended and worked with the actor Vlasta Burian, making many portraits of him, as well as photomontages for Burian’s magazines (in collaboration with the poet Vilém Szpyk). The exhibition features photos of actors and actresses popular in his day, and portraits of the excellent tennis player Karel Koželuh, boxer Franta Nekolný and other notable personalities. The accompanying text provides some facts about Balzar’s professional and personal life, including his tragic death in the summer of 1945.
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