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So Much, So Little / Tak mnoho, tak málo

Photographs from the Years When So Much was Demanded and So Little Was Allowed

So Much, So Little / Tak mnoho, tak málo
Author: Vladimír Birgus
Category:Books, Photography
Language: Czech and English
Translation: Derek Paton
Page count: 88
Binding: Hbk
ISBN: 978-80-7437-295-7
EAN: 9788074372957
Date: 2019
Issue number: 1.
Price: 24 EUR
Size: 28 x 24 cm
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Many of Vladimír Birgus’s previously unpublished, raw photographs show life in various Czechoslovak cities, and also in Moscow, Warsaw, Tallinn, Riga, Sofia, and other large cities in the Soviet satellites in the 1970s and 1980s.
With an ironic sense of detachment, these distinctively subjective photographs show the era’s human and environmental degradation, the contrast between optimistic communist propaganda and gloomy reality and between the official world and private life. Jan Mlčoch, curator of the photographic collection at the Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague, says of them: “They are not superficially political; they capture unsteady and lost figures, silent and gloomy men and women as they toil away for goods – of which there are never enough, if there are any at all. The cities are dilapidated stage sets of (seemingly) inevitable human fates. The black-and-white photographs’ grayscale perfectly captures the unchanging nature of the days and nights.”