Vilem Reichmann. Alena Slachtova. Edice Mezinarodni Fotografie / Pressfoto, 1984. Only edition. Large quarto. Photo-illustrated paper portfolio. 12 pp. booklet with essay by Czech, Russian, English, German and French + twelve
high-quality halftone plates.
Vilem Reichmann began photographing in 1930, and beginning in 1947 had thirty independent exhibitions of his work and contributed to at least eighty other shows. "Influenced by the Depression and war years, he developed a Surrealist style modeled on lyrical interpretations of reality through visual metaphors. His postwar work shows the influence of textural abstraction, Pop Art, absurdist humor..." [Czech Modernism, 1900 - 1945, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, 1990]. In 1968 he was awarded the title 'Artist of Merit.'
This portfolio contains an expressive collection of images that can readily be perceived as the vision of one artist. Most are of commonplace subjects seen with a surreal viewpoint that transforms shapes and shadows into uniquely curious instances. Tree trunks and bales of hay take on human or animal forms through his lens, broken railing balaustrades look like dancing legs, and industrial containers become menacing spooks.
A very good copy; corner tips of contents lightly bumped (in blank margins), paper portfolio has light edge rubbing, some soiling on back cover, and a small tear on spine.