MARIE ŠECHTLOVÁ

The Photographs 1960–70

9. 9. — 7. 11. 2010
Marie Šechtlová, nee Kokešová (1928 — 2008) entered the cultural scene when she was twenty: at first, when she married into a renowned photographic family that had systematically been documenting life in Tábor from the end of the 19th century. She commenced her own artistic career toward the end of the 1950s.

Exhibits of the exhibition “Marie Šechtlová: The photographs 1960-70” for the Leica Gallery Prague were chosen in such a way, so they would highlight the greatest break-through into the photography art that occurred during the 1950s and 1960s. It is the acknowledgement of a snapshot for work bearing author´s mission. Formerly, a fleeting view used to be seen — and not only by theoreticians — as a common mechanical reflection of a scenery, in consequence of which one expected a laboratory or another transformation of civil visual experience. At least from those who wanted to belong to official art professionals. By the way, even today more ambitious creators emphasize the proportion of a computer readjustment of photographs.

Hence, the exhibition endeavours to evaluate the authoress not only for her creative endowments, but also for her perception, thanks to which she belongs to the most successful photographers of everyday poetry. As a fundamentally positive type, she also had other essential potentials to that, of which predicate not only her own work, but also “lesson on hitchhiking“ taken over by a monograph. The entire work is pervaded by the happy temperament of Marie Šechtlová, here and there it gradates into an expression of life philosophy based on optimism, sense of humour, but also determination, unyieldingness and self-confidence.

Josef Moucha, curator of the exhibition

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