Jindra Viková - Martina with a Fish

Martina with a Fish - Jindra Viková

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XS - 21cm x 30cm Edition of 10 pc. €22 500 Kč $30 £19
S - 30cm x 42cm Edition of 20 pc. €44 1000 Kč $60 £38
M - 42cm x 60cm Edition of 40 pc. €88 2000 Kč $120 £76
L - 60cm x 84cm Edition of 20 pc. €176 4000 Kč $240 £152
XL - 84cm x 120cm Edition of 10 pc. €304 6900 Kč $414 £262
 

Availability: 3-5 days

 

Total # of Prints: 100
Paper Brand: Hahnemühle
Paper Used: Photo Rag Baryta 315
Printing Method: Archival pigment
Additional print information is HERE

 

All THEditions prints include a certificate of authenticity signed by the author. Are printed on museum quality archival materials. Are strictly limited in quantity.

Martina with a Fish was created by combining a color print (from 35mm film) with a large format 4"x5" negative using a scanner.

Author: In the early 90’s I first went to the Natural History Museum in New York. I thought it was absolutely amazing and so I started to take these photographs with a simple point-and-shoot film camera. Ten years later I found the photographs and started to work with them, scanning them. At the same time, I found a batch of negatives my husband had thrown in the trash. So I added these two things together to try to give them both a new life. At first I didn’t know who the girl in the photograph was, but when it was hanging in Manes Gallery [in Prague], Martina’s mother (an old friend of mine) saw the picture, and she recognized that it was her daughter!

Todd: I love natural history museums and zoos. And I’ve seen a lot of wonderful photographs taken at museums and zoos (see my blog post for more of those). Jindra’s choice to place negatives on her images from the museum is pure brilliance. The girl becomes an ambiguous mirror that mediates the relationship between the viewer (you) and the shark. Though her stare is intense, because she is a negative I’m not certain whether that stare is meant for me or for the shark… Is she looking outward or inward? The photograph reminds me of when my father took me to the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago. How long I must have sat staring at the fish just like I imagine Martina is doing, and when everything there seemed so beautiful and pure.

Honza: I was surprised and fascinated by a combination of shark in the background and the girl Martina in the foreground. As the author mentioned above, the museum was photographed with an ordinary compact camera, and optically that photographs is not too good, but it has emotion. In contrast, the "negative" of Martina was photographed by my former professor Pavel Banka with excellent large format film. In the resulting image there is an enlivening tension between both the girl and the shark, as well as the two completely different photographic techniques. This is visually perfect: the rough and grainy shark circling around the girl who is rendered in subtle soft gray tones.
 

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