Viktor Kolar Untitled (Men on Railroad Tracks)
Medium Silver print
Photo Date 1977 Print Date 1991
Dimensions 7-9/16 x 10-9/16 in. (192 x 268 mm)
Photo Country Czech Republic
Photographer Country Czech Republic
Contact Alex Novak and Marthe Smith
About This Image
Signed and dated on recto; signed, dated and photographer's notes on verso. Kolar was born in Ostrava, Czech Republic on Sept. 7, 1941. Kollar, who returned to the Czechoslovakia after five years in Canada, began to document life in his run-down industrial home town of Ostrava under the Communist regime that restricted much and allowed very little. His photographs gradually evolved from this documentary and sociological approach to a more subjective, ambiguous form of expression. His unusual compositions encourage viewers to reconsider conventional meanings of depicted reality. To achieve this, Kolar emphasizes visual metaphors, symbols and hidden meanings. In this his work most closely resembles that of Josef Koudelka.
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