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Jiří Šigut Works 1985-2018

Jiří Šigut Works 1985-2018
Author: Jiří Šigut
Category:Books, Photography, Art
Language: English and Czech
Translation: Stephan von Pohl
Page count: 512
Binding: Hbk
ISBN: 978–80–7437–253–7
EAN: 9788074372537
Date: 2018
Issue number: 1.
Price: 63 EUR
Size: 24 x 28 cm

Jiří Šigut, that "enfant terrible" of Czech photography, has spent more than thirty years intensively exploring the possibilities of the medium, transcending its boundaries, redefining it, and placing it with the broader centext of visual art in his own unique manner. This approach has made him one of just a few Czech artists (including Josef Sudek, František Drtikol, Josef Funke, Jindřich Štyrský, Emila Medková, Jan Svoboda, and Josef Koudelka) to have changed the way we perceive the artistic possibilities of photography. 

In his early works, Šigut consciously did not influence wha was captured by his time exposures and so recorded ordinary activities (travels by bus, or elevator; going for a walk or going shopping ...). In the 1990s, he completely abandoned the traditional relationship of negative - positive and recorded his images directly on the photosensitive emulsion of the photographic paper, with the source of light and energy geing nature itself (daylight, stars, the moon, fire, fireflies...). Whenever he placed his photographic papers in the outdoors (for a period of days, week, or even months), he combined this cat with various rituals as part of highly personal and intimate nighttime performances. He even became the camera himself by applying a photosensitive emulsion onto his clothing to create entirely unique 4D photograms. Nor did he shy away from the new challenges presented by the advent of digital photography, and so he is curently waring to find a solid foundation for his most recent experimentations, which involve breaking down the image into its elementary units. 

Through is uncommon and uncompromising inventiveness in exploring the very essence of things, Jiří Šigut ha show us that breaking free from ingrained ways of perceiving the imagecan be a powerful experience that enables us to concentrate on the inner yuality of the world all around us.