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Jan Svoboda: Against the Light

February 21 @ 10:00 am - June 7 @ 6:00 pm

The first major UK presentation of 50 vintage works by Czech photographer, Jan Svoboda (1934–1990) since his first solo exhibition at The Photographers’ Gallery back in 1982. It includes biographical material and a video interview.

Svoboda sought to redefine the language and perception of photography, deconstructing the process and form, playing with subject matter and presentation and considering the medium in relation to painting and sculpture, and within the traditions of Symbolism, Romanticism and Modernism.  His self-reflective, speculative works paved the way for wider experiments with photographic appropriation and mark him out as a pioneer of conceptual photography.

After training to be a stage designer, Jan Svoboda began experimenting with photography in the late 1950s. In 1963 Svoboda was accepted as the only photographer into the artist collective Máj, on of the few avant-garde groups in communist Czechoslovakia. Between 1969 and 1972, he produced some of his most radical and philosophically reflective works.

Co-organised with the Moravian Gallery in Brno.

Monday-Saturday 10.00-18.00, Thursday late opening 17.00-20.00, Sunday 11.00-18.00

Tickets £5, £2.50 free after 17.00 daily, under 19s and members go free





February 21 @ 10:00 am
June 7 @ 6:00 pm


Photographers’ Gallery
16 - 18 Ramillies Street
London, W1F 7LW United Kingdom
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