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Creator Name: Funke, Jaromír
Creator Nationality: European; Central European; Czech
Creator Role: Artist
Creator Dates/Places: 1896 - 1945
Biography: Jaromír Funke Czechoslovakian, b. Austria-Hungary, 1896-1945Jaromír Funke, one of Czechoslovakia's most important modernist photographers during the 1920s-40s, was born in Skute . Although many of his early images were influenced by the soft-focus pictorial style, from 1918-21 he produced a group of documentary views of the suburbs of Kolín. Following studies in medicine and law, in 1922 Funke decided to become a freelance photographer. Two years later he joined Josef Sudek and Adolf Schneeberger to found the Czech Photographic Society ( fs). By the early 1920s Funke's work reflected a growing interest in modernist ideas, and he began to make clearly focused studies of simple objects. As the decade progressed, he turned to the production of carefully arranged still lifes emphasizing abstract form and the play of light and shadow. During this time he also produced several important series of photographs, including two inspired by the images of Eugène Atget: Reflexy (Reflections, 1929) and as trvá (Time Persists, 1930-34). Funke was also influential as a teacher, first at the School of Arts and Crafts, Bratislava (1931-34/35), which followed a Bauhaus-inspired curriculum, and then at the State School of Graphic Arts, Prague (1935-44). While in Bratislava,he became interested in social documentary photography and joined the leftist group Sociofoto, which was concerned with recording the living conditions of the poor. Throughout his career Funke published articles and critical reviews dealing with photography. From 1939-41 he worked with Josef Ehm to edit the magazine Fotografick? obzor (Photographic Horizon). M.M.
Creator Birth Place: Austria-Hungary
Creator Name-CRT: Jaromír Funke
Title Type: Primary
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 1927
Creation End Date: 1929
Creation Date: 1927-1929
Object Type: Photographs
Classification Term: Photography
Materials and Techniques: gelatin silver print, silver bromide photogram
Dimensions: Image: 38.2cm x 27.7cm
Inscriptions: Written in pencil on verso: "oben [up arrow]"
AMICA Contributor: The Cleveland Museum of Art
Owner Location: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
ID Number: 1986.38
Credit Line: John L. Severance Fund
Context: Active during the 1920s and 1930s, Jaromír Funke was one of Czechoslovakia's most important photographers. During the late 1920s, Funke used panes and spheres of glass, bottles, and other objects to create striking abstract compositions and still lifes that emphasized reflected light and cast shadows.
AMICA ID: CMA_.1986.38
AMICA Library Year: 1998
Media Metadata Rights:
Copyright, The Cleveland Museum of Art
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