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Just issued: Gabriel Urbánek / Glass in Photography) It has been most fortunate that Czech glass has always been photographed by outstanding photographers; every one of them visually treated the material in their own distinctive way, whether these were Josef Sudek in the 1930s, Jindřich Brok, Jindřich Otto and others after 1945. From the late 1960s, Gabriel Urbánek, an in-house photographer at the Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague, has held a prominent place among this photographic elite. His name appears along with authors of the finest books on historical Bohemian and contemporary Czech glass. What we admire in his work are his skilful treatment of light, a feeling for composition, photographic precision and sensitivity. Without his creative input, the general awareness of Czech glass production would have been greatly deprived and the appreciation of the superb quality of it would hardly be so profound. The catalogue offers 160 photographs made between 1990 and 2018, presenting contemporary art sculptures and design, as well as historical goblets, vases and other fragile artefacts created by masters in their field. This catalogue has been published by the museum to accompany the exhibition held in the House at the Black Madonna from May 18 to October 21, 2018.
Currently under preparation: Koudelka Returning) The volume, published to accompany the exhibition at the Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague (March 22 - September 23, 2018) on the occasion of the photographer’s eightieth birthday, presents a cross-section his life’s work. The volume is based on 350 photographs that come from large sets of his works, which Koudelka has decided to donate to his native land. These include all his important photographic series: Beginnings, Experiments, Theatre, Gypsies, Invasion 68, Exiles, and Panoramas. Edited by Josef Koudelka and Irena Šorfová, the volume includes six essays, a chronology of his life, and bibliography of works by and about Koudelka. It provides a comprehensive overview of the photographer’s life and works. It is published in Czech and English editions. concept: Josef Koudelka editors: Josef Koudelka a Irena Šorfová texts: Anna Fárová, Helena Koenigsmarková, Irena Šorfová, Stuart Alexander, Daniel Herman, Josef Chuchma, Jan Mlčoch, Josef Moucha, Tomáš Pospěch publishers: UPM and Karel Kerlický - KANT editions: English and Czech translation to English: Derek and Marzia Paton photographs: Josef Koudelka/Magnum Photos graphic design: Aleš Najbrt, Studio Najbrt format: 31 x 24 cm, hard cover pages: 350 reproductions: 440 ISBN: 978-80-7101-173-6 (UPM) price (at UPM): 1600 CZK (English), 1400 CZK (Czech)
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