Petr Daniel: 89/98. Fotografie (Photographs)

Catalogue of an exhibition of the same name at the Moravian Gallery, published at the author’s own expenses, 1999. Graphic design Andrej Bielak, translation Irma Charvatova and Tony Long, printed by Point CZ s. r.o. Printrun 500 copies, non-pag., paperback.
Captured by the present, we often fail to realise what the relatively recent past was like. It often looks like as if we just wanted to get rid of it. After 1989, a lot of archive materials were simply dumped. Probably only the dissidents still discuss the previous regime, since otherwise you can never be sure who might get hurt and how. (…) Petr Daniel finds comparing the present with the past fascinating. For this new work, he needs his old (and therefore black-and-white) pictures. He uses the old principle of the “third meaning” which emerges when we scrutinise two photographs that might correspond. Each of them is then perceived in a different way than it would be if it stood alone. It is probably the most frequently employed principle in photojournalism, associated with the name of its first promoter, the Hungarian emigrant Stephan Lorant. (Antonín Dufek – from the book introduction)

Petr Daniel/Ludvik Kundera: Dobry den, Brno (Good Morning Brno)

Published by Print-Typia spol. s. r.o. Brno, 2001. Graphic design Andrej Bielak, editor Eva Dvorakova, scans and lithographs Color prisma Brno, printed by Print-Typia spol. s. r.o. Brno. Printrun 1000 copies, 160 pp., hard cover with jacket.
Petr Daniel spent almost two years photographing Brno with the aim to make a publication that would link up with the tradition established by Milos Budik, Karel O. Hruby and Vilem Reichmann. Of the tremendous amount of photographs, for which he had walked dozens of kilometres over Brno and its suburbs, climbed the city roofs and even flew in a balloon, he has finally selected 130 for the publication. Ludvik Kundera, who has returned to the topic after almost forty years, wrote the texts accompanying the photographs. The pictures depict places, buildings and stories forming an inherent part of Brno. Petr Daniel has the ability to see which light suits the buildings and which does not. Being able to catch the unrepeatable beam of light, he also can “cut out” of the everyday moments those evoking the atmosphere of simple stories of the present day. The exhibition and the book should please all those who like Brno, as well as those interested in contemporary photography. (From the press release introducing the book)