In this edition of Czechs in History we look at the life and work of Czech photographer Frantisek Drtikol, arguably one of the most important photographers of the early half of the 20th century. Born in 1883 in the mining town of Pribram, west of Prague, Drtikol would go on to study photography in Munich, where he would be heavily influenced by the Art Nouveau. Early on he divided his time among both drawing and photography, but focused primarily on the latter upon his return home; both as an art form and as a means for making a living. In the
Frantisek Drtikol was one of the most important Czech photographers of the 20th century. His early work was influenced by Art Nouveau and he was a master of light, line and balance. This week a travelling exhibition titled Eyes Wide Open was opened in the small town of Pribram, south-west of Prague, where Drtikol was born. As Jan Velinger now reports the show is slated to be a great success, bringing to light some lesser-known works from private collections the broader public may have not seen before.
Welcome to Czechs in History - in today's edition: Part Two of the story of Jan Welzl, one of the most interesting Czech adventurers of the late 19th, early 20th century. Born in 1868 in Moravia when it was still a part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, Welzl became a locksmith's apprentice as a young man, but was soon drawn away from his village of Zabreh nad Moravou by the promise of a much wider world. Italy, the Balkans, America, Welzl saw something from all of them in the early years. Still, none promised the mystery, the mystique, the unparalleled
There are perhaps few more unusual figures in late 19th, early 20th century Czech history than the traveller Jan Welzl, born in Moravia in 1868 in what was then the Austro-Hungarian empire. A locksmith's apprentice, Welzl left his village of Zahreb nad Moravou in 1884 for his first taste of wanderlust, travelling to Genoa, then to Trieste, and into the Balkans, before returning home four years later. But he wasn't to stay put: once again visiting Genoa he was taken on as a stoker, a voyage that took him across the Atlantic to North America and