Jan Saudek and Sara Saudek

Decadent, extravagant, obscene: the great Czech photographer Jan Saudek together with Sarah Saudek – his model, wife and muse. Jan Saudek was Jewish and having been born in Prague, he lived through the horrors of deportation during World War II. On returning to Prague he was forced to work in secret, hidden in a cellar, where he developed dreams and fantasies whilst living under a rather grey and pragmatic dictatorship. In the seventies he began to “correct” his black and white prints tinting them with watercolours. In his exclusion this “underground man” created an art of dreams, beautifully sad and light: erotic in the most spirited and interesting way. The works of Saudek, are as fascinating and mysterious as Prague itself and have made him one of the greatest living authors. A pillar of twentieth century photographic history. The surreal world of Jan Saudek is a room with plaster peeling from the walls, which filters the infinite. The flesh of the annoyingly imperfect bodies, once exposed to his eye and brush are fashioned in to the unique and extraordinary, which only art can give to the underworld, by touches of melancholy and beauty. For her part Sarah Saudek tells of infinite decadence of femininity, that is impossible to  contain or restrict with a moralizing interpretive palate.

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Translated from Jan Saudek: la bellezza dell’imperfezione ~ Fotografia Artistica Blog G. Santagata

See also: Jan Saudek: the imperfection beauty