Jindrich Streit – photographic exhibition in Prague

Avanesian by Jindrich Streit On 31st of October started an extensive exhibition of Jindrich Streit´s photographs at Stone Bell House, which is part of City Gallery Prague. The old building of the House, situated in Staromestske Square nr. 13, is very interesting by itself, as it was the most formidable Prague town palace in 14th century, probably used by the king Jan Lucembursky himself.

Now there is this photographic exhibition, huge retrospective of Streit´s work, which shows pictures taken between years 1965 – 2005. Jindrich Streit is worldly known documentary photographer, most famous by his pictures of Czech villages of Bruntalsko region in the 1980´s, where he lived himself. He captured there the villages in the time of real socialism, without any romantic or idealizing pathos so characteristic for depicting Czech villages in previous times. But in the communist period, he was persecuted for his work; even his negatives were once confiscated during a house search.

After the Velvet Revolution in 1989 he could finally work and exhibit freely. He continued in shooting pictures of Czech villages, but also traveled abroad, for example to France, Hungary or Russia. Although his most exhibited collection of 1990´s was On the way to freedom, showing the pleasantness as well as hell of drug addiction.

This retrospective is pretty extensive and definitely worth of seeing. Streits photographs are full of an admiration for simple human existence and they show a lot of human beauty, even when it is sometimes hidden under dirty clothes or in ugly exteriors.

The exhibition is opened until 3rd of February 2008. Entrance fee is 120 Czk full price, 60 Czk reduced.

Nov 14, 13:51 (Filed under: Prague events )

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