Antonín Kratochvíl’s photographs from his extensive photo essay Sideshow were taken in Gibsonton, Florida, the center of a very distinct branch of the entertainment industry. Besides the usual tightrope walkers, jugglers, snake ladies, and fire eaters, a vast array of people bearing various disfigurements also march past, exhibited to audiences as freaks of nature. First published in American Photo in 1974, the complete set of photographs is now being presented for the first time in a book. Sideshow can be considered Antonín Kratochvíl’s first important stop on his journey in search of the nature of human and artistic existence. The way in which he works with light and composition presages his future work, which earned him international acclaim as a photographer.
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.