Forest. Photographs by Jitka Hanzlová. Essay by John Berger. Steidl & Partners, Göttingen, 2006. 96 pp. Tall quarto. First edition. Clothbound. No jacket as issued. 38 color reproductions.
Jitka Hanzlová was the recipient of the 2007 Paris Photo Prize for contemporary photography
"Hanzlová’s new work, Forest, continues the cycle of her work about the village where she grew up. She enters the forest of her childhood and confronts herself in her youth. She explores the forest as a kind of visible, perceptible "unknown" in us, as source, as moss, as depth and darkness in which we place ourselves and from which we emerge into the light. This deep ground is like the bottom of the ocean and like the water which is the anchor of our being. Even though we may not often go into the forest, we know that it is there and we realize that the forest is critical, indeed absolutely essential, for oxygen exchange, for fauna, for micro-organisms and lots more. The forest is father and mother to the Earth. In this respect, Hanzlová’s work takes on a transpersonal dimension and becomes a meaningful sociopolitical work."--the publisher