Josef Sudek. Sonia Bullaty with an Introduction by Anna Farova. Clarkson N. Potter, New York, 1978. First edition. Quarto. Cloth in photo-illustrated dustjacket. 31 pp. text + 76 plates + notes, chronology, bibliography.
"This is the first book ever to be published in the West on the art of the great Czech photographer...Over the years almost all of the photographs selected for this book were sent by Sudek to his friend and former assistant Sonia Bullaty and her husband, Angelo Lomeo, in New York. It was Sudek's wish that these photographs would form a comprehensive collection of his work outside Czechoslovakia. In 1976 during Miss Bullaty's last visit with Sudek in Prague [he died that year], Sudek agreed that this collection in New York should form the basis for a book and exhibit... The images were printed by Roto/Sadag in their finest Swiss gravure process..." (Quoted from the dustjacket.)
Although Sudek was the most famous Czech photographer, his poetic images were little known in the West before the 1970's. Born in 1896, he turned to photography after losing his right arm as a result of injuries sustained fighting in Italy during World War I. He went on to study at the State School of Graphic Art in Prague. Sudek delighted in the visual intrigues of Prague, in the details of nature and still lifes, in photographing friends, and in creating masterful images in the little-used panoramic format. The collection includes several fold-out plates of his panoramas.
Josef Sudek. Cykly fotografii 5. Kontrasty Labyrinty. Zari - Rijen: Statni Zamek Kozel, 1986. Large oblong octavo. Black wrappers lettered in white.
Catalogue with two pages of Czech text illustrated with a photograph of Sudek by Zdenko Feyfar, list of plates, and sixteen full-page halftone plates of Sudek's still lifes, abstractions, and interior scenes.
Josef Sudek: A very fine copy in a fine dustjacket; two minor nicks/scrapes on the jacket near the spine). In clear glassine.
Catalogue: Very good; some handling marks on wrappers.