It Keeps Going and Going
Another thing that I remember about Prague last fall is the advertisements for the exhibit of Jan Saudek photography. At that point they featured a nude woman from the back, and they were everywhere in the Prague metro. I was more surprised when I realized that the posters were not just in Prague, but all over the country! They never really went away, but about a month ago they started appearing again in force. This time, they had new pictures of butts and sported the logo "Exhibit Extended!"
I have to say that, after the posters had been up for about 9 months, I had assumed that the exhibit was permanent. Saudek is one of the most popular Czech photographers, I guess, and the exhibit is just off Old Town Square, which is a prime tourist destination. I thought the whole thing was there to stay. (But you know what happens when you assume.)
After a year-long run the exhibit is being prolonged. I can't say that I find the Saudek photos all that original—he does one thing well, and that is to show butts, which can be nice, but really, how much of that can a person take before they all start to look the same? (Well, he does excercise a bit more variety in his work, but his specialty is certainly the nude. The father of one family that a friend of mine stayed with described Saudek's work as basically soft porn.)
Now I guess there's no rush to see it since the big exhibit has been extended (for an unspecified length of time). The general scale of the advertising campaign is somewhat remarkable (why does one photographer get a year-long, country-wide campaign while everyone else is left in relative obscurity?). At least they chose a new photo this time that I found more interesting than the other ones: the baby butt. If I were arriving in Brno this fall, that's what would greet me from every other bus stop.
Tags: czech, photos