Fotografie vidí Povrch. La photographie reflète l'aspect des choses. (loose English translation: Photography Sees the Surface)Edited by Ladislav Sutnar and Jaromir Funke. Cover by Sutnar. Preface by V.V. Štech. Státní grafická škola v Praze a Družstevní práce, Prague, 1935. Unpaged. Thin quarto. First edition. Stiff wrappers. Black-and-white reproductions. Texts by Josef Cibulka, Rudolf Gilbert, Karel Herain, Odolen Kodym, Vincenc Kramár, Jan Obenberger, Lilvestr Prát, V.V. Štech, Josef Vinar, and Václav Vojtíšek. Photographs by students and professors at the École nationale des métiers graphiques à Prague including: Jaromir Funke, Josef Ehm, Antonin Danek, Rudolf Gilbert, Zdenka Pickova, Otakar Hejzlar. Text in Czech with some French.
An unusually fine copy of an absolutely crucial document in the evolution of the Central European Avant-Garde.
"The period before the Second World War in Czechoslovakia was artistically the most powerful of the whole 20th century. The requirement of the application of art to everyday life enhanced the significance of mass culture, which was to combine the aesthetic and ethical criteria and impact the general public as much as possible. Družstevní práce (Cooperative Work), founded as a publishing house in 1922, was the most successful supporter of these efforts and the most prominent cultural institution of pre-war Czechoslovakia. Družstevní práce and its branch Krásná jizba, founded in 1927, strived by their production of publications and other printed materials, interior decoration items and objects of everyday use (made of glass, porcelain, metal and fabric) to achieve mass spread of the new lifestyle."--reference, Museum of Decorative Arts, Prague
Fine-; a nice copy; only lightly worn around edges; tiny nick at base of spine.