Viktor Kolář is usually associated with Ostrava. Canada, a kind of supplement to his large monograph Ostrava, shows Kolář’s less well-known photographs from his five-year Canadian exile in 1968–1973. For Kolář, the relative freedom of Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal – paid for through hard labor and the need to adapt to a different culture and customs – represented a challenge to go in search of himself but was also one way of finding a distinctive voice, way of thinking and approach to expressing himself through the photographic image.
“[…] Throughout my entire five years of Canadian exile, I was accompanied by my camera, with which I tried to capture all the things I experienced on a daily basis.
It was a permanent struggle against fear, fatigue – faithful “allies” in the life of the émigré.
To capture the “new world” without self-censorship – that was my sole task […].”
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.