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Once Upon a Time in the East

Czechs through the Eyes of Photographers, 1948-1989

Edited by Vladimír Birgus, Tomá? Pospech.

Drawn from a broad range of photography, from works by famed photographers to anonymous images, Once Upon a Time in the East offers a portrait of Czechoslovakia across the 20th century, registering its dramatic changes of regime as well as more intimate scenes of daily life. Communist demonstrations and festivals are documented alongside domestic scenes in pubs and cottages. Among the historic moments recorded in this volume are the blasting of the Stalin monument in Prague in 1962 (taken by an unknown photographer); Milon Novotny's photographs of the funeral parade of Jan Palach in 1969; and an incredible series of surveillance photographs taken by an unidentified member of the Czech secret police, which furtively documents equally furtive assignations on the streets of Prague. Works by Ivo Gil, Josef Koudelka, Jindrich Streit, Miroslav Tichy, Jiri Toman and many others are also included.
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"As the forty-one years of single-party rule recedes increasingly farther into the past, the perception of one of the saddest chapters in Czech history changes. More and more young people have not experienced it, and for older people the period is becoming the background of the fond memories of their youth. This change in the perception of the Communist era is perhaps best illustrated by the changes in the perception of Fred Kramer's fashion photograph of the five women models in front of the Sjezdový palác in Prague (on the cover of the present volume). Whereas twenty years ago, probably most people here would have considered it, in comparison with the superb contemporaneous fashion photographs by Richard Avedon or Irving Penn, to be totalitarian Kitsch, today, it exudes the charm of the unwanted, standing as a gentle reminder of what things looked like in Czechoslovakia, once upon a time in the East."

Vladimír Birgus and Tomáš Pospěch, excerpted from Once Upon a Time in the East.

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