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Petr Hecht - The Jára Cimrman Theatre and Other Photographs / On the eve of the anniversary of this legendary theatre

Petr Hecht - The Jára Cimrman Theatre and Other Photographs / On the eve of the anniversary of this legendary theatre

28 June - 30 September 2016, Vernissage 26 June 2016 at 4pm

The exhibition The Jára Cimrman Theatre and Other Photographs, which bears the distinctive subtitle "On the eve of the anniversary of this legendary theatre", is the first event to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Jára Cimrman Theatre which takes place  next year. The founding member of the theatre, the well known playwright, screenwriter, author of numerous song lyrics and actor, Zdeněk Svěrák, gave a speech at the vernissage.      

The author of the pictures is the photographer Petr Hecht, who worked at this legendary theater for many years as the official photographer and as a stagehand.The photographs capture selected moments from the history of the Jára Cimrman Theatre, its performances and actors. Visitors can also see many props, such as the medical bag of Jára Cimrman, his camera for fog conditions, or small pictures in display cases.  

Besides photographs from the Jára Cimrman Theatre, the exhibition also includes a selection of photographs from other theatres and from the author´s other work. Almost all the pictures - there are 73 - are black and white, except for one colour photograph of Ladislav Smoljak.

 

About the photographer

Petr Hecht and his photography.
Petr Hecht studied photography at the Prague School of Photography, where he later also taught for a few years. He had a number of different professions and in most of them photography was ever present in various forms, be it his own photo studio, the publishing of photographic yearbooks or a camera store. As a member of the Jára Cimrman Theater (from 1997 to 2003) not only had he the possibility of meeting up-close the other members of the company, but as a stagehand he got the hands-on experience of the theatre backstage .Unlike most other theatre photographers he was therefore directly associated with the theater he photographed. As a lover and promoter of classical ,, wet " black and white photography and with the exception of taking colour photographs upon request - he still photographs the action on stage on black and white film. In technically the same way, he creates his series from the natural environment of exterior nature shots in which he often combines a dreaminess which evokes bygone times with contrasts from the present.

Text in Italics: Pavel Scheufler