Jan Saudek


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  • Toned gelatin silver print, printed later

  • 1978

  • 14,4 x 12,3 cm

  • Prague 1935

  • Signed in ink lower right

  • The work Susanna represents the oeuvre of Saudek. The Czech photographer is well known for his portraits of nudes. One constant in his work is the recurrent old wall he uses as a background for a lot of his photographs.

  • Daniela Mrázková (Ed.), Jan Saudek. Theater des Lebens, Prague 1991, p. 36 with fig.


Jan Saudek, born in 1935 in Prague, is arguably one of the most influential contemporary photographers. In his early career, one can highlight several flash points. It may have been a moment when he get his first compact camera in 1950, or the next twin-lens camera he has used since the late-50s. His characteristic style was to be developed within the next decade, under the influence of the famous exhibition "The Family of Man" (1955) organized by the MoMA in New York. Also in the 60s, he made his first visits and exhibitions in the United States, and in the early-70s, Saudek started to portray people with the famous basement wall in the background, what symbolically marked his mature style. Inspired by the erotic photographs of the 19th century, Saudek started to incorporate some of the traditional techniques into his repertoire, just to mention hand-colouring of photographs. The artist is extensively exhibited and appreciated all over the world, his work is featured in collections of the Getty Museum in Los Angeles, Art Institute in Chicago, Metropolitan Museum in New York, or Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, and many others.

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