Photographs by Tono Stano. Essay by Magdalena Jurikova.
Torst, Prague, 2006. 128 pp., 86 duotone illustrations, 6½x7".
Tono Stano and his fellow-students at the Prague
School of Film, Photography, and Television burst
onto the Czech scene in the early 1980s with
staged photographs full of expressive movement
and metaphor, influenced in part by performance
art. Stano soon became the most striking figure
of this “Slovak Wave” and from the playful exuberance
and exaggeration of his early photographs
gradually worked his way to brilliant black-and white
work in which shadow and light turn female
nudes into near-abstract forms, provocative in their
mysterious vagueness. In the early 1990s he staged
the first of the nudes en plein air that were to
become the chief topic for much of his career. He
has published and exhibited them widely, and
become one of the best known photographers of
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