A small but fine selection of the work of the superb Czech photographer Jindřich Štreit can now be seen online. I found the interface a bit funky and I had to leave the page alone for a while as the images loaded, but the small portfolio (Štreit has been working for decades) is well worth seeing.
Featured Comment by John A. Stovall: "Even more of Streit's work can be seen here along with a short biography and with a more user friendly interface."
Featured Comment by Geoff McCann: "I stumbled upon Jindrich Streit's exhibition in the House of the Stone Bell, Old Town Square, Prague, purely by accident last week. We had spent the previous day at the Czech National Gallery and decided to have a day off from galleries and museums. Fat chance! Wandering through the square I spotted a poster for Jindrich's exhibition, which was into its last day so we just had to go. Amazing, humbling work. The website doesn't do it justice. To see these works expertly printed (some very large) was just beautiful.
"On the way out we popped into the bookshop just in case they had any of his books for sale. Lo and behold they had one which contained most the work in the exhibition, so my wife kindly offered to buy it for me. The woman behind the counter asked if we would like Jindrich to sign it. As we were leaving Prague the next day we said no. To which she replied that it was not a problem as Jindrich was in the building! She dashed off uttering over her shoulder that she was going to find him. Returning a few minutes later she suggested we follow her. So, we met Jindrich Streit and his wife Agnes in the coffee shop of the House of the Stone Bell and he inscribed my book!
"Chance is a wonderful thing. Needless to say this encounter made the holiday."
And, in case you missed this in our comment sections the other day, the late cinematographer Jamie Livingston, who died at age 41 in 1997, left an archive of almost 6,000 Polaroid SX-70 shots, taken one per day (with only minor lapses) for 18 years. "Photos of friends, girlfriends, objects, landscapes, ball games, and New York City scenes, are interspersed with shots of famous people like Philip Johnson, Keith Richards, Lionel Richie and many others Livingston met in his career as a music video and commercial director and cinematographer." Hugh Crawford is now putting them online. There is no way to describe or even indicate the breadth and richness of this vast archive with one picture, so please don't nitpick my almost random single selection; go spend some time with the archive. Brief background information can be found here.
Mike (Thanks to Geoff McCann and Hugh Crawford)
ADDENDUM from Mike: By a strange coincidence, out of the thousands of Jamie Livingston's Polaroids the one I chose to illustrate this posting is actually of Hugh Crawford, who is doing so much to preserve and publicize this unique body of work. That's Hugh and his wife-to-be at their wedding rehearsal dinner, with Hugh's niece, who was their flower girl. Jamie Livingston was their best man. I had no idea it was Hugh and his wife when I chose and posted the picture.
UPDATE from Hugh: "In answer to all the questions about Jamie's working methods, Jamie had a hard and fast rule that he would only take pictures once a day. If he took a photo of the light passing through a bag of potato chips earlier in the day, a hundred long-unseen friends staging an impromptu parade later that evening would not make it as a P.O.D. because the picture for that day had already been taken. Once I was running across 34th street at around 11:30 at night with Jamie and the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey elephants, and asked if the P.O.D. was coming up, and the answer was, 'Nope, took it this morning.'
"I'm always stunned how people who never knew him or anyone in the pictures and all the individual arcs of lives and deaths and relationships connect so vividly with the work. We had an exhibition of reproductions of all six and a half thousand or so photos on the tenth anniversary of his death and his 51st birthday at Bard College where he started making them just before he graduated. At the reception party for the show, over and over students would come up and say how much they identified with the photographs and how much they wanted to have a life like Jamie's."