This publication presents the work of American photographer Hella Hammid (1921–1992) from the 1960s to the 1980s.
The chosen theme is more than typical for Hella Hammid – the works capture the world of women, with all that it entails: motherhood, emancipation, illness, old age... The black-and-white images show women in the role of both little girl and femme fatale, partner and mother, bearer of life, sinner and wise old woman. The documentary photographs of children are a logical continuation of these themes. Influenced by the reportage style of the Magnum photo agency, in 1950 Hammid created the series Roman Children. In 1955, a photograph from this series was exhibited at the legendary exhibition Family of Man. Hammid continued photographing children for the American picture magazine Life, for which she also worked on reportages on the Rainbow House, a home for disabled children, and the progressive New Lincoln School. Her images reflect her deep understanding of the world of children and her love for them. Hammid is linked with the Czech art scene through her marriage to Alexander Hammid.
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.