About the Book
The layout is simple: with the exception of the first and last lone images, pairs face each other, each image floating in an inch of black space. No blabla inside the book, except for the detailed contents page, at the end. Jacket flap follows:
MICHAL DANIEL czechoslovakia in transition
Dedicated to my parents.
I was born in Prague. In 1969 we left for the US.
In 1990 and 1991 I returned home on trips funded in part by a Photography Fellowship Travel Grant from McKnight Foundation.
The Velvet Revolution was the beginning of the velvet end of Czechoslovakia. By 1990 and 1991, Czechoslovakia's transition -- from communism to subsequent peaceful split into Czech Republic and Slovakia -- was well on the way.
In this book you see what I saw, traveling from coal mines to grave yards -- with beer halls in between -- recording this transition.
[photo] Above: My portrait in Prague with bread, by unknown artist.
Originally exhibited at Film In The Cities, St. Paul, Minnesota, 1991, the contents of this book comprise a catalog of the traveling show of 16x20 inch black and white silver halide and color c-prints, exhibited most prominently during President Clinton's first inauguration celebrations week of January 17-29, 1993, in the Cannon House Rotunda, Washington, D.C.
[photo] Above: self-portrait with Alexander Dubcek,
New Prague, Minnesota, 09/23/1990.
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Born in Prague, then Czechoslovakia. Left for the US in 1969. Served in the USAF and became photographer after seeing my first 4×5 neg come up in the developer, under a green safelight: military boot stepping on a flower. Corny, I know, but hey, I was instantly in love, forever. Ran my own custom b&w lab in Minneapolis for two decades, taught fine b&w printing, was the first and then exclusive US importer of FOMA film and paper products from the Czech Republic. Always made street photos for myself, and live entertainment images for a living, now back home in Prague. More in this TV segment about me: http://www.mnoriginal.org/art/?p=3157