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Exhibitions

The Intimate World of Josef Sudek

28 Oct 2016 - 26 Feb 2017

Canadian Photography Institute Galleries

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NGC Magazine Article

Czech photographer Josef Sudek (1896–1976) produced some of the twentieth century’s most haunting images taken through the window of his studio, as well as of gardens, parks and streets of his beloved city, Prague. Working solely with bulky large-format cameras, despite losing an arm in the First World War, Sudek was a master of pigment and silver print processes. He pushed photography beyond its preoccupations with painterly and modernist styles to explore his own particular brand of romanticism. This Canadian Photography Institute exhibition at the National Gallery of Canada is the first major show to examine the work and life of Sudek and his intimate circle of artist friends during the decades before and after the Second World War.

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Josef Sudek, <i>Last Rose</i> (detail), 1956, gelatin silver print, 28.2 × 23.2 cm. Gift of an anonymous donor, 2010. National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa. © Estate of Josef Sudek. Photo © NGC

Josef Sudek, Last Rose (detail), 1956, gelatin silver print, 28.2 × 23.2 cm. Gift of an anonymous donor, 2010. National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa. © Estate of Josef Sudek. Photo © NGC