Jaromír Funke, Fotografie. Text by Ludvik Soucek (text in Czech). Odeon, Praha, 1970. 30 pp. text. First edition. Small Quarto. White cloth stamped in black in photo-illustrated dustjacket. 132 gravure reproductions.
A central figure of the Czech photographic avant-garde of the 1920s and 1930s, at time during which Czechoslovakia was at the cutting edge in many areas of the arts, Funke was the subject of the 2009 exhibition, "Jaromir Funke and the Amateur Avent-Garde" at the National Gallery in Washington. He was a founder, with Josef Sudek, Adolf Schneeberger and others of the Czech Photographic Society. This superbly printed monograph offers a definitive overview of his career.
From Blake Gopnik's Washington Post review of the National Gallery show:
Funke, a law student, started out there, too [making attractive, unchallenging, "poetic" work]: He could do soft focus as well as anyone. What makes him worthy of a National Gallery show, however, is his precocious conversion to the tougher ideals of photographic modernism, as perfected at the Bauhaus in Germany and around Alfred Stieglitz in the United States.
Fine- in Fine- jacket; a few scuffs to boards, upper corners just slightly 'kissed'; three tiny edge tears (less than 1/4").