Prof. Mgr. Jindřich Štreit, born in 1946 in Vsetín, is a Czech documentary photographer. For over five decades he describes life in the countryside in the Czech regions of northern Moravia and Bohemia in his black and white photographs. Štreit illustrates people’s isolation and loneliness in the everyday life of a socialist collective.
Despite constantly taking photographs, he remained unknown in the history of photography until the end of socialism. Since the 90’s, after his rehabilitation, his pictures have been shown all over the world and are represented in the most important photographic collections.
He is considered one of the most important exponents of Czech documentary photography.
About the book:
A carefully curated collection of Jindrich Štreit’s unique photographs of the Czechoslovak countryside from the 1970s- 1990s are presented in his book “Village People 1965-1990”.
Through his images he portrays an unembellished picture of life in villages of the deprived area of Bruntál in the years of the re-established communist regime, called ‘normalization’. Even amongst the most ravaged of environments and their inhabitants, Štreit’s images depict beauty, joy, friendship and love.
This book contains both his well-known work from this period as well as unpublished images.
Book title: VILLAGE PEOPLE 1956-1990
Photographer: JINDŘICH ŠTREIT
Text author: Vladimír Birgus
Editing: Thomas Gust, Ana Druga
Publisher: Buchkunst Berlin GBR
22.5 x. 30.5 cm, 184 pages
137 black and white images / Triton print
1st edition December 2020
German, English & French
Hardcover / linen cover