Petr Wittlich’s Traces of Force is an insightful exploration of the photographic work of painter Pavel Nešleha (1937 – 2003) that sensitively uncovers the artist’s fundamental way of thinking and seeing. Wittlich guides the reader through Nešleha’s artistic cycles from 1971–2002, whose central motifs – influenced by the artist’s Romantic disposition – included natural processes, landscape sceneries, structures found in nature, and disappearing monuments imbued with cultural tradition and human history. In accordance with his study’s narrative, Wittlich has chosen those images that stimulated Nešleha’s artistic imagination and awakened memories of something ancient and elemental that contributed to deepening the spiritual foundation of his work and helped to articulate his searching and finding.
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.