Miroslav Tichý depicted women surreptitiously with eccentric hand made cameras. Only in recent years has his work been discovered and been regaled as a visionary with exhibitions at the Kunsthaus Zurich, the Pompidou and the ICP in New York. Following the communist takeover of the Czech republic, Tichý returned from Prague where he attended the Academy of Fine Arts to his small home town of Kyjov. He abandoned his training as a modern painter due to the restrictions placed by the regime who regarded him as a dissident and began to fabricate cameras from cardboard and photograph women at the local public swimming pool and in parks. Tilcý made thousands of photographs, up to eighty a day, and each unique. They accumulated in the shack where he lived and worked in squalor, with no running water. There he worked exclusively in photography from around 1972 until 1985 when he returned to painting. A decade later his neighbor and friend brought Tichý to the public eye. The voyeuristic aspect of the work can be unsettling, yet the necessary cropping and distorted perspectives give the prints a strong graphic quality and a great deal of sophistication.
Netcice, Czechoslovakia, 1926 - 2011