Jan Lukas From the Cycle Labyrinth
Medium Silver print
Photo Date 1960s Print Date 1960s
Dimensions 9-1/2 x 7 in. (241 x 178 mm)
Photo Country Czech Republic
Photographer Country Czech Republic
Contact Alex Novak and Marthe Smith
About This Image
Jan Lukas was a noted Czech photographer, who was born in Ceske Budejovi on August 10, 1915. He was active from the 1930s-1970s. After working in his homeland, Lukas photographed Italy and Pompeii in 1963 and then went on to visit New York City in 1964, but most of his New York City images were made in the 1970s after he moved to New York. He often quoted Mark Twain, "New York is not America, but the world," adding, "When you walk around Manhattan with a camera, you'll find images which can very well be from Naples, Hong Kong, Tel-Aviv, San Juan, or even Calcutta. In New York you can find just about anything. Just like me. I'm finding Pompeii in Manhattan." His images appeared in such influential exhibition as the 1933 II Mezinarodni Fotograficky Salon V, the 1964 World Exhibition of Photography: What Is Man?, which was sponsored by Stern Magazine, the International Exhibition of Photography--The Camera as Witness held at the Montreal Expo '67 and the groundbreaking 1989 show on Czech Modernism: 1900-1945 held at the Houston Museum of Fine Arts. His most recent show was held in August 2006 in the Prague Castle Gardens. It was entitled "Jan Lukas: New York--Pompeii. His work is held in many museum and institutional collections, including the J. Paul Getty Museum, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, the International Center of Photography, the New York Museum of Modern Art, the Museum of the City of New York, the Houston Museum of Fine Arts, the Rose Art Museum and the Bowdoin College Museum of Art.
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