As Parr and Badger describe, Peterka's book provides its viewer with an "urban meditation that uses photographic fragments, glimpses of the urban streetscape, to make a wider point about our political situation in the late twentieth century...The book's title may or may not be intentionally ironic. The dark, fragmented nature of the pictures indicate that it is, suggesting an anti-Communist critique made just prior to the 'Prague Spring...Peterka details a familiar iconography of photographic melancholia--abstracted signs, mysterious doorways, peeling and crumbling walls, miserable looking people on the streets, a broken mask lying by a lamp-post. With these apparent cliches, he creates an atmosphere of gloom and uncertainty, mirroring the alienated lives of modern man."
zondag 25 oktober 2009
Toto město je ve společné péči obyvatel This Town is Under the Control of its Citizens Miroslav Peterka Photography
Toto město je ve společné péči obyvatel This Town is Under the Control of its Citizens . Photographs by Miroslav Peterka. Texts edited by Bohumil Hrabal. Ceskoslovensky Spisovatel, Prague, 1967. 100 pp. Small quarto. First edition. Clothbound in graphically illustrated dust jacket. Gravure reproductions. Silk ribbon bookmark.