This previously unpublished album contains 72 photographs by Czech photographer Jaromír Funke (1896–1945) that were likely taken in 1923, only four years into Funke’s career. These photographs feature important buildings and monuments, as well as journeys undertaken with fellow Czech photographer Josef Sudek.
Published by Kant. Edited with text by Antonin Dufek.
This is the first substantial monograph to examine the photography of Jaromír Funke (1896-1945), an innovator of modernist photography, comparable to contemporaries such as Jaroslav Rössler, Man Ray, László Moholy-Nagy, Albery Renger-Patzsch, Aleksander Rodchenko, Paul Strand and Edward Weston. Funke initially worked within abstract photography, but eventually he invented his own genre called "photogenism"; in the 1920s, he was one of the first to embrace Surrealist innovations in photography. Also aligned with the Bauhaus, Funke was additionally influenced by Cubism, New Objectivity and Constructivism. In the second half of the 1930s, Funke established what he called "emotional photography," based on theories and writings by Surrealist André Breton. Made in cooperation with Funke's daughter, this book focuses primarily on the ideas that shaped and transformed Funke's work, while placing it within the context of European avant-garde photography and culture.
A theorist, critic, organizer, editor, teacher and pioneer of modern photography, Funke was one of the few Czech photographers to grasp the international context of avant-garde photography, painting, and sculpture. Founder of “Photogenism,” his pictures responded to Cubism, New Objectivity, Constructivism, Poetism and Surrealism.