Slunecne Pobrezi Jugoslavie (The Sun Coast of Yugoslavia). Photographs, design and text by Vaclav Jiru (text in Czech with brief English summary). Czechoslovak Film Publishers, Prague, 1948. 103 pp. Small quarto. First edition. INSCRIBED and SIGNED on preliminary page and dated 1949. Cloth-backed papered boards. Top page edges dyed blue. Photo-illustrated dust-jacket. 80 toned gravure reproductions. Printed by V. Neubert & Sons.
Beginning in 1926, Vaclav Jiru exhibited photos that were informed by New Objectivist, Bauhaus aesthetics in the Czech camera clubs alongside the likes of Josef Sudek and others. He also worked as a photojournalist for such periodicals as Picture Post, Liliput, and Wochen-Blatter. An incredibly prolific photographer, he published twelve books and, in 1957, he founded the review Fotografie. However, following the 1968 Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia, he was fired as editor-in-chief for refusing to support the puppet government. After serving two years in prison, he was never able to revive his career. He died in 1980. His nephew, Jiri Jiru, maintains a museum in his honor.
Near Fine+; curve to boards; fragile jacket with wear at extremities; two small tears lower edge of rear panel (.5 in./1 cm.); 1 in./2.5 cm tear to front fore-edge of jacket.