Jaromír Funke, Untitled, from the series ‘Time Persists’ (detail), 1932, printed no later than 1943.
The portfolio Modern Czech Photography (Moderní česká fotografie) is a rare and powerful body of work by some of the most important mid-century Czech photographers. Featuring such masters as Jaromír Funke and Josef Sudek, giants in the history of modernism, the portfolio holds special historic importance because it was published in 1943, during World War II and the Nazi occupation of Czechoslovakia. The portfolio is a recent gift to MAG by the museum’s director, Jonathan Binstock, and his wife, Ann.
(Photo courtesy of Memorial Art Gallery of the University of Rochester.)