In early September 1928, the police in Vienna arrested the famed architect Adolf Loos. The charge was child molestation. Two young girls (and eventually a third), ages 8 to 10, alleged that Loos had touched them inappropriately and caused them to commit indecent acts while he was drawing nudes of them. Almost immediately, the press caught wind of the arrest, and a great scandal ensued. What followed was a very public affair that culminated in a sensational trial. The case became a cause célèbre, pitting Loos and his supporters against his many detractors. But the accompanying controversy was about more than whether Loos was guilty or not: like almost everything in Austria in the late 1920s, those involved and the public at large saw the events through powerful political and cultural lenses. The arrest and subsequent trial not only set the forces of the right against those of the left, but, also, the city’s avant-gardists against their conservative critics.
Czech Photography of the 20th Century, published simultaneously in Czech and English versions, is the first book to present the main trends, figures, and works of Czech photography from the beginning to the end of the last century to such a large extent. Its 517 plates include not only the most important, well-known photographs and photomontages, but also works that have long been forgotten or are published for the first time. The book is arranged in seventeen chapters, supplemented with chronologies of the most important events in twentieth-century Czech photography and history.