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Jan Saudek is the visionary author of the fantastic and psycologically embedded photos collected in Realities. But he’s also a talented drawer and a gentle man. He looks at our world with the mind of a poet, having lived a life of lights and shades.
What I didn’t know is that he’s a reserved and private person, and not a tech guy at all. So, since he lives in Prague and I don’t, the interview had to be carried out via emails, mine, letters and drawings, his. It has been a unique experience, and a very enjoyable one.
Here you can see some of Jan Saudek’s letters and some of his photos. Enjoy, and slow down, since, as I learned from Jan, moments in life have a truly different flavor at a mellow pace.
Here’re some of the questions I posed (you’ll find Saudek’s answers in the drawings below):
- What steps or phases have led to your artwork as it is today. Influences, evolution.
- Step out of your shoes for a second. How would you recognize a Saudek.
- Your most recent pictures are primarily interiors, although some of your exterior shots have brought you acclaim. Is it a choice, to shoot in a studio, or is it a natural result of your photographic path.
- What do you feel is the difference between shooting in a studio versus in the streets/open spaces.
- Could you tell me about the place where you shot Realities.
- Some of your models have a peculiar beauty. What do you see in them. Where do you find them.
- What’s their role in the making of the image.
- I understand that sometimes you pose a model yourself, why.
- One of the characteristics of your images, beside the models and the composition, is the color. Do you develop and print your film yourself or use a lab.
- How do you obtain such a difference in color tones. - What kind of retouch do you do and which instruments do you use. Is it a difficult process.
- What lead you to interact this way with the images.
- Gear, film and paper. What kind of equipment, film and paper do you use.
- What kind of equipment, film and paper did you use for the making of Realities.
all images © Jan Saudek