fotografen Tesar, Antonín (CZ)

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  • Antonin Tesar, Girl and Heron, 2005
  • Antonin Tesar, Girl and Heron, 2005

    Antonin Tesar, Girl and Heron, 2005, Ed. 8, silvergelatine, colored by hand, 80 x 106 cm, please contact gallery for price

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  • Antonin Tesar, My Love, 2004
  • Antonin Tesar, My Love, 2004

    Antonin Tesar, My Love, 2004, Ed. 8, silvergelatine, colored by hand, 80 x 106 cm, please contact gallery for price

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Antonín Tesar, geboren 1963 in Kromeritz, Czech Republic.

Antonín Tesar „strange world"
Die Schönheit aber gleichzeitig auch die Hässlichkeit der menschlichen Existenz sind das zentrale Thema der Fotografien des in Deutschland noch unbekannten Tschechen.
Antonin Tesar bricht die Hochglanzästhetik von Modemagazinen durch eine raffinierte Inszenierung seiner meist femininen Modelle in ungewöhnlichen Situationen, fremden Verhaltensweisen oder ausgestattet mit seltsamen Assessoires z. B. Schweinefüße, Kleidungsstücke und Taschen aus Fleisch oder Fischhaut. Seine Motive erinnern zum Teil an Fetischszenen - laden somit den Betrachter als „Schlüssellochgucker" zum Hinsehen ein. Sie thematisieren Fantasien, Ängste, Körperkult und Sexualität. Trotz der skurrilen Kleidung und ungewöhnlichen Positionierung der Modelle, sind die großformatigen handkolorierten Silbergelatine Fotografien des Tschechen Antonín Tesar alles andere als abschreckend. Vielmehr wirken sie wie surreale Situationen in einer fremden, verrückten Welt - strange world - .
Durch seine einzigartige Technik des Kolorierens - mehrfache Überlagerungen verschiedener transparenter Farbtöne und Farbmischungen - und seine ausgefeilte Inszenierung, aufgenommen im Großformat, sind seine Bilder auf der anderen Seite auch wieder zart und märchenhaft.

Die Arbeitsvorgänge zur Fertigstellung seiner Fotografien sind sehr komplex und Tesar braucht oft einige Wochen, um nur ein Bild fertig zu stellen. Jedes Motiv existiert in einer Auflage von 8 Exemplaren, aber trotzdem ist jede einzelne kolorierte Fotografie als Unikat zu betrachten.
Tesar`s Fotoarbeiten und seine handwerkliche Technik stehen ganz in der Tradition der tschechischen „staged photography" (u.a. Saudek, Macku, Dritikol).

Antonin Tesar, artists statement
I started with photography in 1990 as I was extremely bored and full of various ideas, scenes and inner images which I had an urge to communicate to somebody. So I picked photography because it seemed the most realistic. I began to use a 6x6 negative format camera and from the very beginning I used glaze colours to colour the positives. As I child, on some occasion I was given a book of pictures for colouring, with invisible colours already hidden in the pictures. When washed over with a water-moistened brush the colours were made visible. I was amazed by the experience which was kept inside me until I started subconsciously colouring my photographs. For me, nothing was more beautiful or uglier than human beings so from the first moment I was inviting more or less naked people, in vast majority women, to my studio. As far as I am concerned, women cannot be understood, the longer I photograph them the less I understand them. I always treat them with respect, not only because they never get paid from me for posing and they do it for me from unknown reasons. They are willing to be drawn into my world of small manipulations and unusual life situations. Some time later I found the 6x6 format to be insufficient so in 2003 I switched to a 9x12 negative format studio camera. It perfectly suits me despite the fact that using it is a bit more lengthy and complicated. I do not take movement shots but staged photographs. I carefully plan my photographs in advance as there is no time for any improvisation when taking them. I do not jump around the model frenetically making thousand of shots hoping that it will work and it is probable that one of them might be fine for further use. I make sketches not only for myself but also for consultations with models. The black and white negatives are then blown up on silver bromide black and white papers subsequently toned into yellow to brown-grey shades. Such modified positives are then coloured using special techniques (brushes only!) in several glazing layers. As the pre-mixed colours are once again mixed with each other on the positives I can get amazing mixtures of shades similar to those by former impressionists. When three different colour shades are put on the body the mix with each other into a very subtle scale of yellow, green, blue, pink and other colours although the final colour is only that of a body. This approach is very labour-consuming and it could take as many as several weeks to make a single photograph. I know that photographs are coloured from their beginning but I do not know anyone else using the same technique as I do. It took me several years to develop it. My photo products are pure hand work.

Jan Saudek writes about Antonín Tesar:

„From time to time, to be genuinely amazed, I read one of those erudite reviews in newspaper culture sections.
How nourishing!
It makes me go all weak at the knees to read that some girl, just out of school, photographs fuzzy portraits and that this is the real, genuine art - and I am sure this clumsy oaf has aspirations for the Jindrich Chalupecky award!
Well blow me down! My simpleton mind is insinuating that the girl cannot focus sharply - but here I am reading that it is "The Art".
Well, first of all: "art" means to "know how to do it. Throughout my long, sweet life I have seen hundreds of thousands of photographs and I can easily recognize a good photograph - even without being a green four-eyed critic.
Yes - Antonín Tesar knows how to do it; above all - unlike those greenhorns - he has mastered his craft. And moreover: he knows what he wants to communicate.
No intellectual groping!
Heaven forbid that he is for a long time one of those Modiglianis, Vincents, Bellocqs! Forgotten in his own country!
But narrow-minded critics argue that it is a bit thick! In that case they should see some western exhibitions! In comparing with those, my colleague Tesar's pictures are pure, virgin poetry ...
His photographs are striking, inventive and technically brilliant. His models are to be envied. His work is excellent. His critics opinions are totally contemptuous.
I went through the same thing - now I am out of the woods. I wish one day Antonín Tesar meets a similar fate."

Ausstellungen infocusgalerie burkhard arnold

in focus Galerie, Köln
Leipzig, Foto- u. Kameramuseum Mölkau, „Ästhetik der Lüste" Germany über in focus Galerie, Köln

Olomouc - Galerie Mona Lisa, CZ

Praha - Galerie Vltavin, CZ
Hodonin - Galerie art in Hodonin, CZ
Bratislava - Month of photography, Slowenien
Olomouc - Galerie K.Dostalova, CZ
Trabic - Galerie Malovany dum, CZ
Pelhrimov - Galerie K., CZ
Praha - Galerie Vltavín, CZ
Praha - Galerie U jednorozce s harfou, CZ
Bratislava - Month of photography, Slowenien
Ostrava - Galerie FOMA, CZ