František Drtikol


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(1883–1961), Czech photographer, painter, and mystic who studied photography at Munich's Lehr-und Versuchsanstalt für Photographie 1901–3. In 1910, after military service, and jobs in various Munich studios, he opened a studio in Prague in partnership with Augustin Skarda. Here he made acclaimed portraits of leading writers and artists, a series on early aviators, and Art Nouveau pictorialist rhythmic studies, sold through the Artel Cooperative. The studio was also used for the development of Drtikol's best-known work, his experimental nudes, which achieved a transition from Jugendstil to modernist, Bauhaus aesthetics, by using strong lighting contrasts with graphic, geometrically shaped sets and props. They were published as Žena ve Svetle (1930), now recognized as one of the classic books of photographic nudes.


From The Oxford Companion to the Photograph in Oxford Reference.

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