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13 May 2014 - 25 May 2014

Karel Cudlín in Israel

World-known photographer Karel Cudlín will present his newest art works made in Israel in the Gallery on the Fence.

Czech centre Tel Aviv will present the exhibition of the new collection of photographs by Karel Cudlín made in Israel. The art works will be exhibit in the Gallery on the Fence.

Karel Cudlín (born 28 June 1960) is a Czech photographer.

Cudlín was born in Prague and started taking photographs in his teens. Borrowing his father's Exakta and supported by his uncle, a photography enthusiast, Cudlín soon started photographing the Roma people of Žižkov, the suburb where he lived. Cudlín attended a social work school that, combined with a short stint in a low-grade job, provided him with the proletarian credentials needed to join the Fotografia cooperative. The cooperative sent him to a ballroom in the Lucerna area where he overcame considerable technical difficulties in photographing young people at night. A third area that he explored was Communist Party rituals.

After a year, Cudlín was in 1983 admitted to FAMU, which was very free by Czechoslovakian standards of the time. He graduated in 1987, and soon found work at the weekly Mladý svět. During the summer of 1989, Cudlín made a cycle of photographs depicting East Germans escaping from their country with the help of the West German Embassy in Prague. Following the Velvet Revolution and subsequent democratization of Czechoslovakia, he embarked on a series of relationships with other Czechoslovakian media sources, among them the newspapers Prostor and Lidové noviny and the ČTA agency. After ČTA closed in 1996, Cudlín became a freelance photographer. Additionally, he has worked as one of the personal photographers of the former Czech President Václav Havel.

Cudlín's new themes included refugees, Israel, the lingering Soviet forces within Czechoslovakia, Valdice prison, and, by accident, Ukraine (a putsch had interrupted Cudlín and Vojta Dukát's plan to go to Moscow). He has continued with a small number of long-term projects (Ukrainian workers in Prague, hypermarkets), photographed in black and white.

Cudlín has won seven awards in the major photographic competition in the Czech Republic, Czech Press Photo.

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Venue:

Zeitlin Street 23
66164 Tel Aviv
Israel

Date

From: 13 May 2014
To: 25 May 2014

Organizer:

Czech Center is a coorganizer of the event


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