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Evzen Sobek March 22, 2012

Posted by Geoffrey Hiller in Czech Republic.
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Aquatic Park, Jihlava, Czech Republic, 2004

Evzen Sobek (b. 1967, Czech Republic) discovered photography shortly after finishing his studies in mechanical engineering. His documentary work is usually based on a subjective view and personal impressions of reality, presented in a series combining clearly defined themes from concrete settings (Gypsies in Brno City, Life in Blue) with looser motif and theme collections (Ecce Homo, Home Sweet Home, Hidden Landscapes, Blue Dream). His photographs have been exhibited in Europe, the United States, Israel and Japan where they are also included in public and private collections. His last series – Life in Blue – has been awarded an  honorable mention in the Lens Culture Award in 2010 and was published by Kehrer Publishing, Germany in 2011.

About the Photograph:

“After the fall of the Berlin Wall  Central and Eastern Europe has changed dramatically. It was not only political changes but also economical growth which has had the decisive impact on everyday life and habits of the nations. So it was in the Czech Republic – growing vegetables in their own gardens and spending summer time at cottages have been replaced by flying to seaside resorts and buying goods in huge hypermarkets. Supported by aggressive advertising campaigns Saturdays and Sundays turned into the daylong “trips” to shopping centers and passive entertainment in amusement factories that have become one of the most common weekend activities. Focusing on the wide spectrum of the leisure time activities the Home Sweet Home series (2003 – 2005) brings my personal impression of a nation experiencing its freedom and dreams.”

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