Panoramic image became Josef Sudek’s natural means of capturing the world around him. It is this particular facet of his artistic legacy that is viewed today as his most impressive one. In 1959, they were published in Praha panoramatická (Prague Panoramas, Prague 1959), which is as one of the landmarks of world photography. Originally, the author had intended to create a large cycle of images capturing especially the city’s periphery, the slums on the edge of town. Although he was intrigued by “regal Prague“ with its innumerable historical places and monuments, in his heart he was drawn to the outskirts of the metropolis, where rows of derelict houses inhabited by workers, as well as factory courtyards, meshed with the dust-ridden countryside.
The publication was issued by the Maison Européene de la Photographie in Paris on the occasion of the Czech Season in France ´Bohemia Magica´ to accompany the exhibition in the Maison Européene de la Photographie, Paris, September – October, 2002.
texts: Jan Mlčoch, Helena Koenigsmarková, Agnès de Gouvion Saint-Cyr
translation: Růžena Semrádová, Linda Paukertová, Martyn Back
photographs: Josef Sudek, Josef Ehm
binding: softback, 23 x 16 cm
contact to the publisher Maison Européene de la Photographie in Paris: www.mep-fr.org