Prague: Paideia at the Czech Center of Photography, 2001. First edition. Hardcover. 16/30 A. Signed by Sylvia Vitová-Rösslerová, Josef Moucha and Jiri Jaskmanicky on colophon. Folio (13 3/4 x 12 3/4"). 20 leaves. Original gray cloth with black lettering and original portrait photograph laid to cover; housed in original textured gray board slipcase with gray cloth edges. Gray endpapers. One of thirty numbered and signed copies with original photographs (Edition A). Self-portrait of Jaroslav Rössler, 1923, laid to front cover.
Six original photographs from original negatives of Jaroslav Rössler on Fomatone MG Classic photo paper, developed by the daughter of the author Sylvia Vitová. Graphic design by Hunek Alt. Printed by Jiri Liska at the Gral Printing House in Garamond typeset on Tintoretto Neve paper.
Jaroslav Rössler is a legendary figure and a pioneer of Czech avant-garde photography. At the age of twenty-one he collaborated with the Czech theorist Karel Teige creating typography for various magazines, utilizing his photographic knowledge. Originally influenced by Cubism and Futurism he started to create abstract photographs. Moving to Paris for the second time in 1927 Rössler focused on commercial photography, collaborating with the experimental studio of Lucien Lorell. Getting interested in "street life" of Paris he took photographs of demonstrations, was arrested and endured a six months imprisonment. He was expelled from the country after his release in 1935 to settle in Prague.
The photographs featured in this publication demonstrate Rössler's artistic leanings and his preferred methods of photomontage, collage and drawing. Four of the included photographs measure 7 3/4" squares, one 9 1/2 x 6 1/2" and the sixth photo 6 1/4 x 7 3/4". Minor wear. Near fine condition. Item #48587