Josef Sudek (Biography)

Czech, 1896-1976
  • Born in Kolin
  • Apprenticed to a bookbinder, 1911-1913, and received first instruction in photography from a fellow worker
  • Seriously injured serving at the Italian front in 1917, ultimately lost his right arm
  • Returned to photography in 1918 during three year period of convalescence
  • Studied photography at the State School of Graphic Arts in Prague, 1922-1924
  • Founded the Czech Photographic Society in 1924 with Jaromir Funke and
  • Adolf Schneeberger
  • Named Artist of Merit in 1961
Selected Public Collections
  • Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, USA
  • Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, Ohio, USA
  • George Eastman House, International Museum of Photography and Film, Rochester, New York, USA
  • Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA
  • Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art at The University of Oklahoma, Norman, Oklahoma, USA
  • Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, California, USA
  • Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, New York, USA
  • Museum of Contemporary Photography, Columbia College, Chicago, Illinois, USA
  • Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
  • National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, USA
  • National Library of Australia, Canberra, Australia
  • New Mexico Museum of Art, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA
  • Princeton University Art Museum, Princeton, New Jersey, USA
  • San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, California, USA
  • Umeleckoprumyslove muzeum v Praze (Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague), Czech Republic