Viktor Kolar’s Photos

“The people I photograph have secret resources,” Kolar says, “secret mechanisms that keep them sane, that keep them going.”

I was lucky enough one summer a few years back to catch a retrospective of Viktor Kolar’s photography. Ever since I keep returning to them, fascinated by the magic of black and white photography and of the ability of the photographer’s eye to imbue a moment so transient with a meaning that speaks for its age. Kolar’s photographs are not just documentary evidence of Ostrava, of life before and after the fall of the Berlin wall but an ode to the serendipity of the moment captured even if the moment is imprisoned by wider circumstances.

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