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13 Oct 2006 00:00 - 28 Jan 2007 00:00

In the Face of History

Set against a backdrop of one hundred years of change and conflict, In the Face of History brings together the work of many of the greatest European photographers of modern times. The exhibition includes acclaimed masters such as Brassai, André Kertész and Robert Doisneau, as well as living photographers and among them Czech photographers Jitka Hanzlová, Viktor Kolar and Josef Sudek.


Josef Sudek (1896-1976)

Great Czech photographer, who retreated from Nazi-occupied Prague into his tiny studio – and into himself. The still-lifes he made there during the Second World War are amongst the most moving of the century.



Viktor Kolár (b. 1941)

Viktor Kolar has photographed his birthplace – the coal-and-steel town of Ostrava in the Czech Republic – incessantly since he was a boy. From the 1960s to the present day, through communism and now capitalism, the town has provided Kolar’s creative inspiration.


Viktor Kolár, Untitled, 1980, from Ostrava




Jitka Hanzlová (b. 1958)

After Czechoslovakia’s 1990 Velvet Revolution Jitka Honzlova, was finally able to return from a long period of exile to her home village in northern Bohemia. Rokytnik (1997), a series of photographs bathed in a brilliant and luminous light, is her response to that emotional homecoming.


 Jitka Hanzlova, untitled, from Rokytník, 1994






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30 Kensington Palace Gardens
W8 4QY London
United Kingdom


From: 13 Oct 2006 00:00
To: 28 Jan 2007 00:00


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