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Ondrej Polak
  • Artist (1968)

In 1991, while he was still just a student in the Photography Department of the FAMU (Academy of Fine Arts in Prague, Faculty of Cinema and Television), from which he would graduate in 1993, Ondrej Polak, who was born in 1968 in Prague, occupied one of the residential studios of the FRAC Centre in the Château de Trousse-Barrière at Briare-Le-Canal. For six months, his many walks in the Centre region prompted him to focus on details which give no hint of their location. His somewhat strange black and white images, with their square 47.7 x 47.7 cm format, summon up an almost unreal and fantastic world. The often plunging viewpoint which straightens the horizontal planes, and the absence of context due to the tight framing, contribute to sparing these views from any tourist imagery. Today, Ondrej Polak is working as a freelance photographer specializing in the technique of photography. His work includes architectural and art photography, and reproductions of his work have been used in many publications. He also organizes exhibitions in Prague, including the work of Jan Minařik, titled Lost Prague.

Nadine Labedade