Josef Sudek – Trees and Photography

Josef Sudek was born in 1896 in what is now the Czech Republic. He took up photography after being wounded in the First World War, and managed to capture some beautiful scenes despite only having the use of one hand. (Remember this was in the days before digital cameras and smartphones!) He is a much-loved Czech artist, being known as the ‘Poet of Prague’.

I had the joy of seeing some of Sudek’s work in the Veletržní Palác in Prague last week, and was particularly interested in a series called ‘The Window of My Studio’. Sudek captured images from his window over a period of years, portraying seasons, weather, the changes in plants and – of course – trees. He also has a number of photographs of forest scenes, blossom and branches. It was a cheering reminder that people all over the world are intrigued by the form, colour, growth and change in trees.

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