The photographs of Josef Sudek strive constantly to embody a profound beauty, and that alone might justify our devoting two issues of Aperture to them. In the course of a singularly fruitful career that spanned sixty-five years, Sudek worked in many of the successive styles that marked the development of Modernism, in the process producing an astonishingly rich and diverse body of work.
The Biographical Profile was adapted from an extensive manuscript on the life and work of Josef Sudek by Anna Farova. Sudek did not always title and date his photographs; captions are provided when available. The quotations which accompany the photographs are by Josef Sudek.
After years of attempting to bring about a major publication devoted to the photographs of Josef Sudek, Aperture was benefited by the generous guidance and assistance of Manfred Heiting, board member of the German Photographic Society and Director of the Fotografie Forum, Frankfurt.
By the end of a long, industrious, and eccentric life, Josef Sudek was called the "Poet of Prague": a one-armed photographer hauling an antique camera across the Charles Bridge. Or into hidden gardens. Or uphill to the cathedral consecrated to Vitus, patron saint of the involuntary dance.
“Czech Modernism: 1900-45,” at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston “Czech Modernism: 1900-1945,” organized by the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, attempts to document Czechoslovakia’s contribution to the international avant-garde in the first part of this century.
An Illustrated Bio-Bibliography of Black Photographers 1940-1988 by Deborah Willis-Thomas, including a biography and exhibition list [1967-1987], with a foreword by Howard Dodson and afterword by Kellie Johes. Published by Garland Reference Library of the Humanities, New York and London, 1989 ($85).