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Speaking of Photography lecture series features Czech photographer Josef Sudek

Speaking of Photography lecture series features Czech photographer Josef Sudek

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by March 8, 2017 Events

He is known as the “poet of Prague” but his chosen form of art isn’t the written word, but photographs. Over several decades, Czech photographer Josef Sudek took hundreds of pictures of nature, monuments, objects, and streets, capturing intimate details of his personal relationship with the city.

Sudek experienced shifts in his style and thinking of photography as an art form, and his work reflects this – running the gamut from Pictorialism, Modernism, and Neuesachlickheit, as well as social documentary to performative and conceptualist uses of the medium.

On Friday, March 10, Concordia University’s Speaking of Photography lecture series will feature Sudek, who is perceived as a representative of Czech photography. Ann Thomas, senior curator of the Canadian Photography Institute at the National Gallery of Canada, will be delivering the lecture Josef Sudek as Realist.

Thomas has organized various exhibitions and installations, and has authored several publications, such as Lisette Model, No Man’s Land: Lynne Cohen Photographs, and Modernist Photographs from the National Gallery of Canada.

The lecture Josef Sudek as Realist will look at the photographer’s transition from Pictorialism to Modernism and the impact of these on his work from the 1940s to the late 50s, as well as the influence of Drahomir Ruzicka. It also considers the dictates of advertising photography’s international market.


Sudek also developed printmaking and presentation strategies, and he was also open to Modernist experimentation and adapting his art style to suit commercial demands.

The Speaking of Photography lecture series, now on its tenth year, is organized by Concordia University’s Department of Art History.

Lectures are held in EV-1.605, the York Ampitheatre on the ground floor of the Engineering, Computer Science and Visual Arts Complex, 1515 Ste-Catherine Street West. Metro Guy-Concordia. Lectures are free and open to the public.

Visit the Speaking of Photography website for more information.


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