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At the Jeu de Paume gallery until 25th September 2016
Asweet melancholy emanates from the black and white pictures of Czech photographer Josef Sudek (Kolin, 1896- Prague, 1976). The exhibition on view at the Jeu de Paume gallery titled The Intimate World of Josef Sudek plunges us into the intimacy of his studio, crammed with things. Nowadays he would be called a hoarder, though rather than collecting indiscriminately, he carefully selected the objects he would put under the light of his camera. He transformed feathers, crumpled papers, multi-faceted drinking glasses and flowers into something sculptural.
On his window, he could observe the endlessly varying states of water, vaporizing as steam, or running down the glass as drops, thus producing some enigmatic photographs. At night, Sudek, the Bohemian, would escape his studio for walks in the dark winding streets of Prague, despite having lost an arm to the war and having to carry a heavy photographic chamber. There, he would capture the soul of Prague’s castle and of its deserted places from which one sometimes could see phantoms emerging.
A little marvel!