About the art of photography, hometown Ostrava and magic moments of the surrounding reality.
We are happy to invite you to Viktor Kolář’s artist talk, accompanying the exhibition of his works “Viktor Kolář. Surrealism of the Everyday”. The event will take place on 10 December 2016 at 2:00 p.m.
Viktor Kolář will share his views on the art of photography, speak on the role of his hometown Ostrava in his work, recall people’s reactions he has confronted with as a photographer, and reflect on the search for the magic moment in the surrounding reality.
Viktor Kolář: “Photographer’s magical ability is to notice miracles in the everyday life. Making a stunning shot is a task of secondary importance. The first and foremost is to recognize the significance of particular situations, to see the essence of what is happening, to see meaning and depth behind the routine doings of everyday life. Photography is life in tune with the life itself. You notice, you pay attention, you analyze details, you remember…”
 From the 365 magazine interview with Viktor Kolář, in Russian.
Admission is free. Advance registration required.
The event is carried out with the support of the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation, the Consulate General of the Czech Republic in Saint Petersburg, Russia, and Czech Centre.
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Born in 1941 in Ostrava, Czechoslovakia, into a photographer’s family. Worked at the Vitkovice Steel plant. From 1968 until 1973 lived in Canada.
Selected solo exhibitions:
1997 The Photographic Cente, Athens
1998 Musée de l’Élysée, Lausanne
2002 Leica Gallery, New York City
2011 Photography festival Mesiac Fotografie, Bratislava
Kolář’s work is held in the following collections: Art Institute of Chicago (Chicago); International Centre of Photography (New York); Maison Européenne de la Photographie (Paris); Musée de l´Photographie (Lausanne); Moravian Gallery (Brno); Museum of Decorative Arts (Prague); Museum Ludwig (Cologne); Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Victoria and Albert Museum (London).
1991 International Documentary Photography Award of The Mother Jones Foundation in San Francisco