[Exhibition of Social Photography.] Výstava sociální fotografie. Praha I. Národní tř. palác metro schodiště E – 22. IV. - 7. V. 1933 od 12 do 20, v neděli od 10 do 20. Jirí Lehovec, Lubomír Linhart.
Social Photography Exhibition of The Left Front - A Scarce Catalogue

[Exhibition of Social Photography.] Výstava sociální fotografie. Praha I. Národní tř. palác metro schodiště E – 22. IV. - 7. V. 1933 od 12 do 20, v neděli od 10 do 20.

Praha: Film-Foto Skupina Levé Fronty, 1933. First edition. In publisher’s illustrated wrappers, designed by Jiří Lehovec. Saddle-stitched. [32] p. Light foxing to the rear cover. Pages yellowed due to ageing. Crossed out ownership inscription on the title-page, slightly affecting page 3 too. Overall in fine condition.

Catalogue of the 1933 Prague Exhibition of Socialist Photography, organized by the Film and Photography Section of the Left Front. A scarce document of the leftist avant-garde movement in interwar Czechoslovakia.

Prepared by Czech film critic, historian and photo theorist Lubomir Linhart (1906–1980) the First International Exhibition of Social Photography was a pioneering event in propagandizing a politically and socially engaged, leftist photographic program. The catalogue of the exhibition begins with the manifesto of social photography, distancing itself from salon photography, imitating painterly techniques and motifs: “For us, photography is not just a matter of private or club entertainment, nor a mere complex of technical and aesthetic problems without any further connection. For us, photography is about today in reality and its entirety - an important social agent, deeply interfering either as a subject or as an object in social events, in socio-political, economic, artistic and cultural problems, in the whole life around us”.

The show featured a total of 270 photographs by artists from Czechoslovakia, France and the Soviet Union, organized into thematic sections of Environment, Work, Children, War, Poverty, Masses, Factories, Types, Experiments and Recreation. Exhibiting artists included Josef Sudek, Jaromír Funke, Jiří Lehovec, Alexander Hackenschmied, Eugen Wiškovského, Irena Blühová and Rudolf Kohn, among others.

The avant-garde cover of the catalogue, featuring a photographic collage was designed by documentary filmmaker, director and photographer Jiří Lehovec (1909–1995).

Founded in 1929 on the initiative of the Communist Party of Czechoslovakia, Levá fronta (The Left Front) was an important driving force of interwar avant-garde art, influenced by Marxism.

Extremely scarce, WorldCat locates no copy in institutional holding.

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