| You know, one of the human foibles is that it often takes the death of an important artist to call attention to their work. One such lady was Dagmar Hochová. Czech photography is interwoven with legends. Some of them are even more enchanting due to the fact that you can meet them in person. One of these is Dagmar Hochová, the first lady of Czech documentary photography. She was born in 1926 to a family of intellectuals and studied photography between 1942–46 at the State Graphics School in Prague under the tutelage of avant-garde greats, Jaromír Funke and Josef Ehm. She then completed a one-year internship in the Illek and Paul studio (where in her own words she says she learned more than with Funke). Between 1947–1953 she studied film photography at the Film and TV School of the Czech Academy of Arts (FAMU).
Hochová’s photographs are influenced by the ethos and form of the Magnum Group. In 1960 František Hrubín’s book of poems for children, Hrajte si s námi (Come Play with Us), was published by the State Publishing House. Hochová illustrated this book in a fresh, emotional style. Her view of children’s games still bears here the ethos of inter-war illustrated magazines, yet in them you can feel an awakening spontaneity, resonating with the gradual melting of the overbearing regime. Children thus became an emblematic subject for Hochová, often unjustly covering the full width of her catalogue which ranges from political documentary to the documents of legionnaires or orders of nuns.
| Her female sensitive social realism photography somehow did not deter the Bolshevik censors and she has a very diverse and robust career. There has been quite a lot written about her, Wikipedia is a good start ad well s numerous post morten articles in the Czech Press…
She was represented by the prestigious Leica gallery here in Praha, as well as many other fine photographers
.May her legacy live on…