Jindrich Štreit: Village People 1965–1990 (Buchkunst Berlin, 2020)

Jindrich Štreit - Village Peolpe 1965–1990 - Bildersturm Blog
Arnoltice (1985)

The Czech photographer and pedagogue Jindrich Štreit (born 5 September 1946 in Vsetín) is an exceptional chronicler and narrator. For over five decades he describes life in the countryside in the Czech regions of northern Moravia and Bohemia in his black and white photographs. The main themes of Štreit’s pictures are human relationships and situations of everyday life, sometimes absurd and sometimes picturesque.

Since 1991 he has taught at the Institute of Creative Photography of Silesian University in Opava.

This publication contains a large set of his famous pictures from this period, but as well unpublished works. It is published as a German-English-French edition and includes a text about the photographer by the Czech photographer and author Vladimir Birgus.

Artist: http://www.jindrichstreit.cz/en/

Publisher: https://www.buchkunst-berlin.de/produkt/jindrich-streit-village-people-1965-1990/

Jindrich Štreit - Village Peolpe 1965–1990 - Bildersturm Blog
Těchanov, 1965
Jindrich Štreit - Village Peolpe 1965–1990 - Bildersturm Blog
Arnoltice, 1990

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Jindrich Štreit - Village Peolpe 1965–1990 - Bildersturm Blog
Těchanov, 1981
Jindrich Štreit - Village Peolpe 1965–1990 - Bildersturm Blog
Křížov (1981)
Jindrich Štreit - Village Peolpe 1965–1990 - Bildersturm Blog
Sovinec, 1980

Jindrich Štreit describes the isolation and loneliness of people in everyday life in the socialist collective. But in private life, as well as at joint celebrations and encounters, the photographs show the joy of life, a strong community and solidarity.

This becomes all the clearer when compared with the recordings of the official rallies and celebrations of the state. The contrast between
the pictures of Streit and the official ideological representations could not be more serious. The criticism of the existing living conditions
was always present in the pictures and could not be understood by a totalitarian state other than a criticism.

This led to a publication ban in any form from the 80s, Arrests and constant controls by the state power. So he remained an unknown in photographic history, despite constant photography until the end of socialism. Since the 1990s, after his rehabilitation, his pictures have been shown worldwide and are represented in the most important photographic collections.

Publisher’s Info

Jindrich Štreit - Village Peolpe 1965–1990 - Bildersturm Blog
Ruda, 1984
Jindrich Štreit - Village Peolpe 1965–1990 - Bildersturm Blog
Jiříkov, 1981
Jindrich Štreit - Village Peolpe 1965–1990 - Bildersturm Blog
Sovinec, 1987
Jindrich Štreit - Village Peolpe 1965–1990 - Bildersturm Blog

Book Specs: Photo selection: Thomas Gust, Ana Druga, Vladimír Birgus; Concept and design: Thomas Gust, Ana Druga; Languages: German, English, French; Hard cover / linen cover; 137 black and white images; Triton print; 22.5 cm x. 30.5 cm; ISBN 978-3-9819805-6-1. You find it here.