Quote of the Week by Josef Sudek


“…everything around us, dead or alive, in the eyes of a crazy photographer mysteriously takes on many variations, so that a seemingly dead object comes to life through light or by its surroundings… To capture some of this—I suppose that’s lyricism.” —Josef Sudek (1896-1976)

Josef Sudek was a Czech photographer best known for his elegiac black and white images of Prague, interiors, still lifes, and the landscapes of Bohemian forests. Many of Sudek’s most memorable images were taken from the window of his small studio, documenting his humble courtyard during changing weather and light conditions. Born in Kolín, Czechoslovakia, Sudek originally worked as a bookbinder before serving in the Austro-Hungarian Army during the First World War, when he was wounded and subsequently lost his right arm to amputation. Undaunted, he began to study under the photographer Jaromir Funke and grew into an influential figure of the medium. Today, Sudek’s works can now be found in the collections of The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, and the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, among others.