THE UNIVERSE IN A CAMERA – Jan Saudek: An artist to be fully included in the history of photography

Obsessed by time, aging, loss of beauty

It carries with it a legal implication, and a moral one. Sociologist Chris Jenks introduces transgression, as a cultural concept that crossing of a boundary, like the immoral yielding to temptation. Many artists, such as Jan Saudek, do not know this boundary, and you need to remember this, observing his works.

His promiscuity took its toll on his love life. With his words: “I have no ways of portraying the lives of others. I portray my own.” This photographer is infamous for promiscuous lifestyle. His imagery has had a mixed reception internationally. Considered as a disturbed artist by authorities, he create artwork that represents a combining photography and painting. Born in 1935 in Prague and between holocaust survivors, Jan Saudek is an art photographer and painter. He attended a school for industrial photography in Prague, and in 1959, his wife gifted him the professional camera Flexaret 6×6.

In the late 1970’s, he was gaining popularity as photographer, and started coloring his photographs with paint. Looking to capture reality of life, his art shows scenes of love and lust, toghether youth and old age. He created a dreamy world by painting over staged black-and-white. His cliché of a naked man holding on a naked newborn baby, became a picture was reproduced so many times. Jan Saudek is an author of mise en scene taken by other artists. Starting first decade of 21st century, his pictures are now displayed on internet forfree.

In 1983 he had a book published (in the English-speaking world), and Czech Communist authorities permitted him to work as an artist. His private has served as inspiration for him, alongside his lovers who he considered his muses. As you too can observe, his photographs remember works of mid-19th century erotic photographers. He lived in poverty, using his only room in the basement as his studio. During his life in communist Czechoslovakia, Jan Saudek was labeled by regime as pornographer. His work is notable for its painterly dream worlds, often inhabited by nude or semi-nude figures.

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