ISBN: 80-7215-238-6|Published: 2004|Pages: 160
Binding: Softbound|Format: 160 x 180 mm|Graphic design: Pavel Lev, Studio Najbrt
Emila Medková (1928–1985) is among the most important Czech photographers of the second half of the twentieth century. Her work was linked directly with Surrealism: in her early period she was close to the circle of young artists around Karel Teige and in her last period she was involved with the Surrealist Group. In 1947–51 she and her husband Mikuláš Medek, a painter, made sets of arranged photographers. Beginning in the early 1950s she worked on several series (for example, Records and Closed), which were interlinked by themes that ran throughout her works till the end of her life. In the late 1950s and early 1960s she became a leading representative of Art Informel photography. Although she found her topics mostly in Prague, she also made large sets of photographs from Paris (1966) and Italy (1967). The author of the book is the art historian Karel Srp, curator of the first retrospective of Emila Medková’s work (2001).