Description - Jaroslav Rossler by Vladimir Birgus
Jaroslav Rossler (1902-1990) was one of the Czech avant-garde photographers of the first half of the twentieth century whose work has only recently become known outside Eastern Europe. Czech photography in the twenties and thirties produced radical modernist works that incorporated principles of abstract art and constructivism; Jaroslav Rossler was one of the most important and distinctive artists of the period. He became known for his fusing of different styles, bringing together elements of symbolism, pictorialism, expressionism, cubism, futurism, constructivism, new objectivity, and abstract art. His photographs often reduced images to elementary lines and shapes that seemed to form a new reality; he would photograph simple objects against a stark background of black and white, or use long exposures to picture hazy cones and spheres of light. From 1927 to 1935 he lived and worked in Paris, producing work influenced by constructivism and new objectivity. He used the photographic techniques and compositional approaches of the avant-garde, including photograms, large details, diagonal composition, photomontage, and double exposures, and experimented with color advertising photographs and still lifes produced with the carbro print process. After his return to Prague, he was relatively inactive until the late 1950s, when he reconnected with Czech artistic and photographic trends of that period, including informalism.This book documents each stage of Rossler's career with a generous selection of duotone images, some of which have never been published before. The photographs are accompanied by texts by Vladimir Birgus, Jan Mlcoch, Robert Silverio, Karel Srp, and Matthew Witkovsky.
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Author Biography - Vladimir Birgus
H. Alpay Er studied industrial design at the Middle EastTechnical University (METU), Ankara. He received hisPh.D. from the Institute of Advanced Studies,Manchester Metropolitan University in the UK. Hisdoctoral work was on the development patterns ofindustrial design in newly industrialized countries.Having previously taught at Hacettepe University inAnkara, he is currently an associate professor in theDepartment of Industrial Product Design at IstanbulTechnical University (ITU). He served in differentcommittees of State Planning Organization (DPT), andthe Industrial Designers Society of Turkey (ETMK) ofwhich he is an active member. He is also an InternationalCorresponding Council Member of the Design ResearchSociety (DRS). His research interests include designmanagement and strategy, industrial design in newlyindustrializing economies, design education, andgovernment design polices.