Photographer Jan Saudek gets own permanent gallery in Prague

24-01-2007

The world famous Czech photographer Jan Saudek has just got his own permanent gallery near Prague's Old Town Square. It features over 100 works by the photographer, who is a remarkably youthful 71. I caught up with Jan Saudek briefly at the thronged opening and asked him: why his own gallery?

"It's my gallery in name only. The gallery is the property of the company which holds my name [saudek.com], but it is not mine . But I am extremely pleased to have something I had never dreamed of in all my life. It is very unusual to have a gallery and to be still alive. I believe that I am still alive."

Here there are about 100 photographs on display. Are they all for sale and are they in large series?

"I didn't arrange this show, but from what I have seen it seems to have some...sense to me. I believe that each one should tell some story. And this is a show of single photographs."

I see you have the titles in English - have you always written titles in English?

"Many years ago my English was almost perfect. But within 35 years I have lost a lot of knowledge...Originally I wrote in English because of the secret police. None of them could read it. There were some...for money I wrote 'bread' or 'dough'. Even now in this free country I still use this nonsense, which is not necessary any more."

www.saudek.com