Gustav Aulehla | 1950 - 1980
European Month of Photography

in cooperation with the Institute for Creative Photography of the Silesian University, Opava (Moravia)

Opening: 29 October 2008 | 18.00

Panel discussion:
Dr. Monika Faber, Head of the Albertina Photo Collection, Vienna, and photographer Gustav Aulehla

For almost sixty years, Gustav Aulehla has taken photographs of the world where he lives, the town of Krnov at the Czech-Polish border. His pictures are impressive documents of the contrast between Communist manifestations and social reality, recording the events of the Prague Spring and the occupation of Czechoslovakia by the troops of five Warsaw Pact states in August 1968. Aulehla's prime interests are people and what happens to them.
Though not a professional photographer, he has tried to find a perfect visual form for the presentation of everyday life. Inspired by Cartier-Bresson. he has followed the principle of not influencing what takes place before the lens of his camera. The photographic composition is thus completed the moment the shutter is released. Aulehla's pictures combine simple structures with a lyrical quality. A certain crudity and the ironical detachment vis-à-vis the daily routines of a society under Communist rule recall the more recent work of Jindřich Štreit who portrayed the villages of Bruntál and Rýmařov. The highly personal photographs of Gustav Aulehla have only lately been discovered by museums and galleries.
Visitors to the exhibition will appreciate the special poetic flavour emanating from Aulehla's oeuvre, where the individual images merge to form a complex narrative.

Curator: Regina Wonisch
Design: Gerhard Spring

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Reading the daily paper,
Marienbad 1968



Woman holding portable radio,
Prague 1968