Miroslav Tichy is a phenomenon. Born in 1926, the Czech amateur photographer was virtually unknown until a few years before his death in 2011, when his images of women in public spaces suddenly gained world-wide acclaim.
In parallel to this year’s Art Cologne fair, the marketing agency V8 presents a selection of Tichy’s previously unseen works under the title You’re too late – Encounters with Miroslav Tichy. The exhibition will be on display at the agency’s premises in Cologne from 20 to 22 April 2018. The show will be accompanied by a screening of the documentary film Worldstar, as well as a panel discussion with the film’s creators, Natasa von Kopp and Beate Schwerer, who spent several months with Tichy in the course of their project.
Miroslav Tichy spent the majority of his life in the Czech small-town of Kyjov. From 1960 to 1980, he went out almost every day to photograph women in public spaces, using cameras he had fashioned from plexiglass, spectacles, cardboard rolls and chewing gum. His involuntary models were usually unaware that they were being photographed. The images, which were stored in Tichy’s private archive for most of his life, gained international attention in 2004, when curator Harald Szemann presented them in a showcase at the Biennial of Contemporary Art in Seville.
Further details will soon be published at V8.koeln