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Jan Saudek

Tiara / Maria #142

Jan Saudek was born in 1935 and resides in Prague, Czech Republic.

Known for:
Nudes, dream imagery, time sequence and multi-panel photographs, with time and mood ranging from sentimental to tough, often with his basement studio's crumbling walls in the background.

Most Popular Images:
"Deep Devotion"; "Those Fabulous Brom Sisters";
"Hey Joe"; "Marie, #142"

Did you know ... ?
• Many of Saudek's models include his wives, girlfriends, cousins, lovers, children, and himself.
• Jan Saudek has a twin.

"What I really do is (make) portraits of the soul."

General Format:
Distinctive border edge with titles, earlier dates. Hand-painted silver gelatin photographs in 8" x 10", 11" x 14", 16" x 20" (rare), and 20" x 24" (rarest). Some photographs are multi-panel or on large sheet of photo paper.

How many photographs exist?
Early editions were of 50. Now editions range from 5 to 15 of each photograph.

$2,500 - $12,500.

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How are the photographs printed and signed?
Printed, hand-painted and trimmed with a unique border by the artist, all photographs are signed in ink au recto (front) with edition numbers (usually).

Vintage photographs are available. Vintage means that the print date is at or near the same time as the negative date.

Technical Information:
Saudek uses many kinds of small and medium format cameras. He uses photographic paper made in Hungary.


Books - In Print:
Jan Saudek (imported & self-published), hardcover $175 with translation.
Realities - hardback $50.00

A good selection of photographs by Jan Saudek is available.

Price History:
1976: $200 - $400
1986: $800 - $1000
1996: $1,500 - $2,500 and $3,500 - $4,500.
2000: $25,000 (39" x 39")

Hey Joe

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