Miroslav Tichý, ‘untitled’, Third part of the 20th Century , FRED.GIAMPIETRO Gallery

Miroslav Tichý was a photographer who from the 1960s until 1985 took thousands of surreptitious pictures of women in his hometown of Kyjov in the Czech Republic, using homemade cameras constructed of cardboard tubes, tin cans and other at-hand materials.

About Miroslav Tichý

The naturalistic street photography of Miroslav Tichý, the subject of a major retrospective at the Centre Pompidou in 2008, was uncovered in the 1980s to the great interest of photography historians. Tichý’s voyeuristic gaze captured women out and about in the parks and streets of his hometown of Kyjov, Czechoslovakia. His photographs are often imperfect, blurred or damaged by over-exposure, adding to their improvisational quality and analog aesthetic. He is known for working with DIY equipment, such as glass lenses stuck together with toothpaste.

Czech, 1926-2011, Kyjov, Czech Republic