Photographs by Jan Langhans. Essay by Pavel Scheufler.
Torst, Prague, 2006. 140 pp., 87 duotone illustrations, 6½x7".
Jan Langhans lived from 1851 to 1928, and is now,
once again, among the best known figures in
Czech photography. This book presents a selection
of the studio photographs that made his name,
culled from the “Celebrities Gallery” he began
in 1890, a valuable record not only of famous
Czechs of the late nineteenth and early twentieth
centuries but also of important visitors to the
country who had their portraits made in one of
his studios in Prague or elsewhere in Bohemia.
Jan Langhans opens with a brief introduction by
Zuzana Meisnerova-Wismerov·, the photographer’s
great-granddaughter and the manager of the
Langhans Gallery in Prague, and illustrates not only
Langhans’s work but the height of portrait photography
in the last decades of the Austro-Hungarian
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