Miroslav Tichý is truly one of the great 'finds' of an unknown artist who worked on the outside edges of the art world. Following the communist takeover Tichý spent some eight years in prison camps and jails for no particular reason other than he was 'different' and was considered subversive. Upon his release in the early 70's, Tichý wandered his small town in rags, pursuing his obsession as an artist with the female form by photographing in the streets, shops and parks with cameras he made from tin cans, children's spectacle lenses and other junk he found on the street. He would return home each day to make prints on equally primitive equipment, making only one print from the negatives he selected.
'Untitled' Miroslav Tichy
Unique silver gelatin print, in artists own card frame
"A snapshot of the city at the start of the decline of the docks and traditional manufacturing industries, it has become one of Libbert's best known photographs and is now on display, alongside a collection of his other work, at the Michael Hoppen Gallery, London SW3, until 21 July." The Observer, 11/06/17
NEIL LIBBERT exhibition is open until 21 July. Libbert travelled widely during 1950s and 60s, often working on assignment for The Guardian newspaper, and the photographs he made capture a radically changing world with huge compassion – ranging from the poverty of post-war Manchester to the energy of New York in the late 60s. The majority of works in the exhibition will be vintage prints, made by Libbert at the time that they were taken – these have a particularly rich surface and are often unique. #reportage#travel#photojournalism
Andy Warhol, TATE Gallery London, 1971, Neil Libbert
Neil Libbert's first major exhibition at Michael Hoppen Gallery opens 8th June! Focusing on a selection of key #vintage prints. Don't miss it! More information on our website www.michaelhoppengallery.com