Miroslav Tichý: outcast, photographer and "voyeur"



 Eroticism Photography Miroslav Tichy Women Voyeur

Up until three or four years ago his name was practically unknown. He was discovered almost accidentally and quickly became a phenomenon in the art and photography world. But who is, in fact, Miroslav Tichý? He's an old man, dressed in rags, who chose a life as an outsider after the difficulties imposed on him by the war and the totalitarian regime of his country, the former Czechoslovakia. Although his homeless appearence might suggest he is someone who has been defeated, Tichý has always kept his free and resistent spirit, refusing to cooperate with the "system", in any way. Taking photographs was, in a way, his way of expressing his nonconformism.

Tichý started taking photographs in the 1960s, after spending some time in prison for political reasons. It was at that time that he assumed his marginality and started neglecting his physical appearence. As a consequence, everything in his activity as a photographer became outcast as well, from his rudimentary equipment, built from scraps of junk, to his way of taking the photographs, sly, hidden, like a voyeur.

 Eroticism Photography Miroslav Tichy Women Voyeur

 Eroticism Photography Miroslav Tichy Women Voyeur

And what did he photograph? Women. He stalked them obcessively. He took hundreds of pictures - at one time, he even set a personal goal of a hundred photographs a day. The involuntary models in his female universe were women who were captured walking down a street or sun-bathing. Some didn't realize they were being photographed; Some protested and got angry; others let themselves be photographed willingly. Faces, chests and legs dominated his raw and spontaneous frames, revealing a surprising and sophisticated eroticism.

From the countless negatives he made, only a few were developed - a single copy - and he would glue them to cardboards where he would draw frames and decorative effects in pencil. Various stains, intentional or not, added a melancholic feel to them. All this set of pictures ends up expressing extraordinary poetic qualities, which isn't strange, considering Tichý's artistic training at the Prague Arts Academy and his adhesion to Expressionism during his youth. Furthermore, what's most interesting is that he took these pictures for himself, for his personal enjoyment, as the true independent he was.

 Eroticism Photography Miroslav Tichy Women Voyeur

 Eroticism Photography Miroslav Tichy Women Voyeur

 Eroticism Photography Miroslav Tichy Women Voyeur

 Eroticism Photography Miroslav Tichy Women Voyeur

 Eroticism Photography Miroslav Tichy Women Voyeur

 Eroticism Photography Miroslav Tichy Women Voyeur

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