Jitka Hanzlova: Rokytnik. Text by L. Fritz Gruber. Designed by Sylvia Pöhlmann. Museum Schloß Hardenberg, 1997. 84 pp. Quarto. First edition, first printing. Edition of 700 copies (not to be confused with an earlier catalogue from Centre de photographie, Lectoure, that contained a selection of this work). Clothbound. No jacket as issued. 42 color reproductions.
"...the pace of life [in Rokytnik] is slow. However, Hanzlova's pictures are slow-burn, demanding more than a casual glance. There is a lot more going on in Rokytnik than at first meets the eye, but you have to work a little to find it."--Parr & Badger.
"Rokytník is the village in Eastern Bohemia in which Hanzlová grew up and where her family still lives. In 1982 she left Czechoslovakia and settled in West Germany. Following the collapse of the Communist regime in 1990 she was able to return to her home for the first time. The series establishes Hanzlová’s way of seeing: portraits, photographs of animals and landscapes, still lives and images of everyday life. The photographs conjure up a world of gentle melancholy, of familiarity and strangeness, of closeness and distance. Picturing all four seasons, Hanzlová evokes a sense of belonging and of a time now vanished."--The National Gallery of Scotland (where a survey of Hanzlova's work was just shown)
Very faint smudge rear board; otherwise Fine+.