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Jiří Bartoš © Silent LandscapesJiří Bartoš © Silent Landscapes
Jiří Bartoš © Silent LandscapesJiří Bartoš © Silent Landscapes
Jiří Bartoš © Silent LandscapesJiří Bartoš © Silent Landscapes
Jiří Bartoš © Silent LandscapesJiří Bartoš © Silent Landscapes

Jiří Bartoš has been involved with photography since 1959, his entire life so far. He is one of the most distinctive amateurs on the Czechoslovakian and Czech photographic scene. In 1960 he founded the Jizera Photo Club in Hejnice and he still presides over it today. He was a member of the Studio of Art Photography in Liberec and the Union of Czech Photographers. He holds the honorary title ASČF. He has been a long-time honorary member of the University Photo Club in Jena, Germany. His photographs have been published in specialist magazines at home and abroad and his distinct black and white work is known around the world. His photographs are regularly published in the International Photography Year Books in Austria, Germany and England.

Jiří Bartoš is known as a photographer of Jizerské Mountains, the inventor of the photographic jewel and of a special type of photography he calls “chemigrams”. He has won several prizes at home and abroad, and in 2016 the Minister of Culture gave him an award for his life’s work.

He has dedicated his life to black and white photography although, in recent times, he has also worked in colour. In his images we feel a strong connection with nature, man and our planet. They breathe with deep silence and restless dynamics of space and time.

“The black and white gamut in Bartoš’ studies gives the viewers an opportunity to find their own private colorit. I am certain that Jiří Bartoš makes his images in his dreams; he creates them subconsciously and his pilgrimage in search of a motif is a kind of hedonistic passion”, said professor Ludvík Baran, the nestor of Czechoslovak photography.

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