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Anton Podstrasky 1939–2007
Anton Podstrasky 1939–2007

Anton Podstrasky 1939–2007


139 Pages, 10 x 11.5

Formats: Cloth

Cloth, $69.95 (US $69.95)

Publication Date: May 2014

ISBN 9788055608297

Rights: WOR X UK, EUR, CN, HK & TW

Slovart Publishing, Ltd. (May 2014)

Price: $69.95


Beginning with his studies at the photographic department of the School of Arts and Crafts in Bratislava, this book shows how, in the mid-1970s, Podstrasky began to work as freelancer and his photos appeared in newspapers and magazines. He rarely participated in the activities of the photographic community and the whole of his work remained practically unknown to the expert and general public and only recently did it become obvious that he was one of few Slovak photographers to succeed in fully capturing the other face of life during “real socialism”—the final phase of development of the communist system before its ultimate decline. This biography details Podstrasky’s ability to record gloominess, helplessness, and personal and social resignation and stands as a testament to the artist’s important place in the history of photography.

Author Biography

Aurel Hrabusicky is an art critic and historian. He is the curator of the new media collection and the collection of photography at the Slovak National Gallery in Bratislava. Miro Miklas is a documentary photographer. He was a close friend to Anton Podstrasky in the last years of his life. Filip Vanco is a photographer, a curator, a teacher, and a gallerist. He is the former head of the legendary photography studio Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava, the founder of the Journal PARK, and has been a member of the Photoport civic association and the chief curator of the gallery since 2006.