Jaromír Funke

Dates1896 - 1945
BornBohemia, Czechoslovakia

Jaromír Funke's description of his artistic motivation sheds a lyrical light on his images. Although his earliest imagery was influenced by Pictorialism, Funke quickly turned to a more sharp-focus, documentary style. Abstract images of shadows and organic forms made in the early twenties evolved into more objective representations of objects by the end of the decade. In 1924 he cofounded the Czech Photographic Society with Josef Sudek and Adolf Schneeberger. Two years later he produced a series of Surrealist images of store windows originally titled Glass and Reflection, based on the photographs of Eugène Atget. Also influential as a teacher, Funke served for several years as editor of the journal Fotograficky obzor (Photographic Horizons).