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- Architecture and Art
- Eugen Wiškovský
The oeuvre of the leading Czech avant-garde photographer Eugen Wiškovský (1888-1964) is not large in size or range of topics, yet it is great owning to its originality, depth of ideas, and mastery of form. In his early works, from the late 1920s and early 1930s, in the style of New Objectivity, Wiškovský sought artistically effective forms in apparently nonaesthetic objects. By the use of crops, changing scale, and inventive lightning, he freed them from secondary aspects, allowing the elementary lines of these forms to stand out. He often emphasized potential methaphorical meanings as well. In his dynamic diagonal compositions, Wiškovský was among the most radical practicioners of Czech Constructivist photography. Similarly, his landscape work is highly individual, sometimes employing form analogies to accentuate visual symbols. The author of the present publication, Vladimír Birgus, is a historian of photography and head of the Institute of Creative Photography st Silesian University, Opava, in the Czech Republic.
Torst, Prague 2005, 180 x 160 mm, 140 pages, Czech and English, ISBN 80-7215-266-1