contemporary czech photography


The title is borrowed from Bohumil Hrabal's novel Too Loud a Solitude, a classic of twentieth-century Czech literature. But there is a deeper connection between the text of the Czech writer and the photographs in the exhibition than just the words in the title. In Hrabal's short novel the hero confronts the death of culture, the destructive force of time, oblivion. His efforts are doomed, the hero dies in the finale. Hrabal found a successful definition for the hopeless attempt to see "the starry heavens above" amidst the chaos of a world filled with violence - "loud (or noisy) a solitude".

Bogumil Hrabal's texts, as well as the photographs in the exhibition, are characterized by a combination the mundane and the fantastic. What brings them together is a sense of vulnerability of human life in contact with nature, history and time. There is a hidden meaning in all the photographs, for which they were created. At the same time the authors belong to different generations and use different techniques from classical photography to digital collage (montage) and mechanical manipulate on emulsion or prints.


Martin Faltejsek. Weightless





Martin Faltejsek works in the genre of self-portrait. The photographs are taken in the vicinity of the photographer's homeland, but not for the sake of beautiful views. Each photograph is a metaphor of the author's relationship with the natural world and society. This relationship is harmonious, free, relaxed swim in the flow of life. In other cases, he is afraid, vulnerable, cornered by circumstances. There is also a third option - an attempt to hide, to change himself, to adjust to his environment.

This self-portrait series “Weightless” is an ode to my ponds, swamps and forests which I have mentally appropriated. It is an ode to places where fear does not exist. A series about looking for my own identity and reflecting my relationship between my little hometown called Lanskroun and me. I’ve been working on this project since 2012.

Martin Faltejsek

Martin Faltejsek (b. 1993) comes from a small city called Lanskroun situated nearby Orlicke mountains in the Czech Republic. He currently live in Prague and study at The Institute of Creative Photography (ITF) in Opava. In his personal projects he mainly focus on reflecting my relationship through self-portraits to place where I grew up. Also he likes subjectively documenting my casual and non-casual days. His greatest achievements include winning the Czech Press Photo contest three times, a nomination for the World Press Photo, a honorable mention in the International Photography Awards (IPA). In 2020 Martin Faltejsek won the Czech Republic's most prestigious award Personality of young Czech photography up to 30 years old. In addition, Martin shoots weddings and works with such brands as BMW, Lexus and ELLE.


Ivana Vostrakova


Ivana Vostrakova's collages are like novels. Each work is like a formula or a little story about a person in a difficult, sometimes unsolvable life situation. Ivana plays with photographs of flat surfaces (graffiti walls, paint runs, torn paper, etc.) and the illusion of three-dimensional space that the human figure introduces. However, Ivana goes further and, in the same playful manner, poses complex questions of life.

Photography is my big passion. It is the way, how to show the world as seen by my eyes. You can´t usually see faces of people in my photographs. It is the way to achieve, that you can better identify yourself with stories in my photographs. I want to express a wide range of people´s emotions. From calm and joy to pain and strange indefinite feeling which everybody has sometimes. Feelings from everyday life as well as feelings from night dreaming or nightmares. I try to materialize indeterminate and I use seemingly incompatible elements to achieve that by creating a new unexpected reality.

Ivana Vostrakova

Ivana Vostrakova’s photographs have been published in many medias all around the world (for.ex. Professional Photographer Magazine, Photography Monthly, Harper's Bazaar, Top Class, B&W Magazine, FotoVideo, DIGIfoto, PhotoArt and many others) and also got prizes in a lot of photographic contests (Professional Photographer of the Year 2012 - 1st place -The Portfolio Award, Photographer of the year 2010 - 1st place, Photographer of the Year 2013 - 1.st place, The Outstanding Photographic Works 2018 - Boqi Cup in China, IPA The Lucie Awards 2018 - Honorable Mention, The Tokyo International Foto Awards - Gold Medal, Ipa One Shot: Street Photography - Honorable Mention Px3 Prix de la Photographie Paris 2018 - Honorable Mention, IPA The Lucie Awards 2019 - Honorable Mention, IPA One Shot - Honorable Mention, IPA The Lucie Awards 2020 - Honorable Mention and many others). Her works are included in art collections all over the world.


David Heger




David Heger's work balances on the edge of fun children's play and serious adult expression. The heroes of many of the photographs are children. The subjects are simple and only seemingly obvious. But in fact it turns out that behind children's games there are references to ancient myths and religious motifs, and the idea of dreams and their illusory nature runs through many of the photographs.

I draw inspiration from my experience in a puppet animation studio, where I worked as a prop maker and later on as a camera operator. My first experience with puppet animation was the puppet horror “Lady Bug” by Longin Wdowiak, later TV series for kids “Doings of the Hippopotamus Family” and “One Night in the City” both directed by Jan Balej. I love to create my own small photography props and combine them with real, natural scenery. Recent time I am obsessed with alternative photography, especially with Resinotype. Also I often experimentingwith metallic image background and different pigment colors.

David Heger








I have created this series of re-interpreted World War I aerial photographs in memory of my late grandfather, who died in the war as a 28-year-old reserve officer of the Austro-Hungarian army. As a young boy, by sheer accident, I found several original contact prints (6 x 9 cm and 6 x 4.5 cm) in a pile of old photographs from the same period in the attic. The contact prints were aerial photographs of warplanes, most likely taken at the Italian front. I have no idea how those photographs relate to the fate of my grandfather; I did not set out to find out then, and there is no one left to ask now. The photographs had then been forgotten for nearly sixty years until I happened to come across them again in 2007; only then was I able to fully appreciate their authenticity and emotional force. Working with these and other photographs from the same period that I had collected over time, I used today’s means of expression in order to create a new reality that reinterpreted the conditions of the time in a novel, fictitious form. The creative process that took place over time facilitated an intense virtual interconnectedness of my consciousness with the time period and the people, whom I neither could nor would identify, and who, nevertheless, came to life to engage me in an intense, imaginary dialogue. I was blown away by the strength of the experience, which in turn became the driving force ofthis project.

Vladimír Židlický






The sea is huge, it's gigantic, it's alive. Truly it is eternity, the beginning and the end. It saddens me that I cannot take off, rise above the water, soar, that I cannot see beneath me the giant waves that crash against the rocks of the mainland. In this project I would like to address the basics of human existence, or the existence of the world in general, in the sea life was born.

Photography depicts reality, but for me that has never been the ultimate goal. I am always making some kind of change, using different mixed techniques, for me this is necessary to express my understanding of the subject. I came to photography from painting. It happened intuitively when I made some prints. And the accurate depiction of reality in photography provoked me to change something in the picture and find my style, which would combine photography, painting and graphics. Creating a pleasing, attractive image was never the main thing for me. It's more important to convey my personal view of things.

There are hundreds of ways and means of making changes to the analog image. The range of techniques is bigger now, thanks to the ability to scan images, the ability to correct them digitally, including optical errors. Although computers havebrought new possibilities, the basic principles remain the same.

Vladimír Židlický

Vladimír Zidlický (b. in Hodonín, 1945), graduate of the Department of Photography at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague (1975), and for a number of years (1977–1990) teacher at the College of Art and Design in Brno, is a major figure on the European art scene. He exhibited his work in various other places in Slovakia, Bohemia and Moravia, as well as in France, Denmark, Germany, Belgium, Switzerland, Austria, Russia, USA, the Netherlands, China and other countries. Prestigious international galleries and museums cite his work both individually and in conjunction with participation in group exhibitions.



  Photos of the exhibition © Ekaterina Popova, Natalya Kryukova




Центр фотографии "Март". Екатеринбург. 8 Марта, 1

Время работы: 11.00 - 22.00 без выходных. Цена билета