The leitmotif in Odvody’s photography is the human being, their physicality, their movement. Odvody experiments with different – even “incorrect” – exposures times, associating rhythm and dance in his pictures: The figure frozen in the photograph turns into a dynamic gestural expression. This volume offers for the first time an overview of the work of the photographer, who utilizes the phenomenon of light in a balance between figuration and abstraction in an unmistakably personal way.
Publisher: Hirmer Publishers
Header Photo: Pavel Odvody, Jeniffer and Meko, 2020/21, © Pavel Odvody
The black and white photographs by Pavel Odvody (*1953) fuse sensibility, memory and fantasy in an original manner. His exploration of the psyche, beyond the body, is what gets under the observer’s skin. Moments of nakedness, staged in magical double exposures, wraithlike patterns or silhouettes of light, reveal the human being in their multifaceted manifestation.
Book Specs: Pavel Odvody: Photography by Pavel Odvody published by Hirmer Publishers | Contributions by J. Hichi, C. Lunsford, P. Odvody | Text: English / German | 192 pages with 217 colour illustrations | ISBN: 978-3-7774-3872-6 | 34,90 €. Available here.
Pavel Odvody is one of a number of photographers who in the 1990s were using large format and ‘painting with light’.
He studied Mechanical Engineering from 1973 to 1979 at the Technical University in Prague and from 1984 to 1990 communication design, specializing in photography at the Fachhochschule in Darmstadt. He lives and works as a free-lance creative artist in Germany.