Miroslav Tichy: The Man and his Camera
Miroslav Tichý studied art at the academy of Fine Arts in Prague (born 1926) and due to some unknown reason; he withdrew from the society and isolated himself in his hometown of Kyjov, Moravia, Czech Republic. During the late 1950s he forsook painting and became as distinctive as a Greek cynic philosopher. From 1960 onwards, he shifted focus to photography and began to shoot a series, mainly of neighboring women, that too with his bizarre hand-made cameras. Moreover the amazing part is, he later fixed them on hand-made frames, added final touches with pencil, and transformed them from photography to drawing. The result is stunningly unusual where the lines of his pencil merge with a photograph disregarding all the established theories of conventional photography.His Black & White works stands out from all the rest of his works.
Though several critics have noted the resemblance of his images to certain photo-works by Gerhard Richter, Sigmar Polke, Arnulf Rainer and other typical European artists. However, Tichý had been singled out for his style.