Book on Czech photography in 1960s


Marie Sechtlova: Photography 1960-1970 offers a rare look into the graphic yet humanistic vision of a Czechoslovakian woman photographer during a decade of political and social upheaval.

(I-Newswire) July 20, 2009 - The history of Sechtl & Vosecek Studios goes back to 1863, when Ignac Schachtl (1840 1911) made the decision to leave his work as a clerk in Prague, to study the new craft of photography, in Kladno. After training, he opened a studio in Plzen. In 1869, he decided to leave the city and become an itinerant photographer. In 1876, aged 36, Ignac Schachtl finally settled in Tabor, and officially opened his studio at house #333 on Maria Square.

His son, Josef Jindrich, was born in 1877. Family tradition says that the same day, in a pub, Sechtl met the com mercial traveller, Jan Vosecek (1851 1936), who very soon became almost a part of the family.

Josef Jindrich Sechtl (1877 1954) continued his father s tradition. In 1907 he commenced the building of a
modern photographic studio in the main street. Josef Jindrich Sechtl was famous for his quality portraits and
group photographs. Many of the famous people who visited Tabor at this time were also photographed in the Sechtl and Vosecek studios. As with his father, his passion was photojournalism, and he has provided us with a unique photo documentary of his time. Thanks to his attention to detail, his reputation grew, and the family business blossomed.

Josef Sechtl (1925 1992) and his wife Marie Sechtlova (1928 2008) took over the studio in 1944.

Our project of digitizing our archive of historical photographs is aiming to make available online, some 10 000 preserved glass plate negatives from 1860 to 1950s, hundreds of 35mm films (1930 to 1950s), and thousands of medium and large format films.

Small private Sechtl & Vosecek Museum of Photography has been created, in cooperation with the Skrla family, at their site on Nicholas of Hus Square. This allows us to present to a wider audience, the results of our project of digitizing the archive.

http://sechtl-vosecek.ucw.cz/en/

To preview the book please contact Jan Hubicka, honza@sechtl-vosecek.ucw.cz

High-res scans to your specification are available upon request; scanning from the book or lifting images from the mechanical file are strictly prohibited.

For more information, please contact Jan Hubicka, honza@sechtl-vosecek.ucw.cz, Sechtl & Vosecek Museum of Photography, Dukelskych bojovniku 1944, Tabor, 390 03, Czech Republic

http://sechtl-vosecek.ucw.cz/en/

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