Pavel Odvody

Czech Republic / Germany / °1953 / / / /
Asked about the content of my photography – well, one possible answer could be after Fernando Pessoa - The Book of Unrest:
»Every thing that man interprets or expresses is a comment at the edge of a completely
obliterated text. The comment more or less shows the meaning that the text had; but there is
always doubt, and the meaning may vary.«

Lives and works in Germany.

It is only the shade that describes the light

This is a truly phenomenal, extremely unusual collection of novel picture themes that have barely anything to do with the uncountable daily offerings of photographed pictures in the media, taken in public places or at art museums. So Pavel Odvody's picture world may appear strange to us at first sight... we are unable to associate a visual experience with it, with only a few capable of sharing his perspective. But of one thing we can be certain: this isn’t today’s way of taking pictures – either as an applied photographer or a so-called free photographer.

But at second glance, it gradually crystallizes what he is driven by. He is not concerned with exterior reality, i.e. the subjective presentation of an objective physical world. Rather, his passion lines in the visualization of an an inner reality. He doesn’t focus on the expression of a concrete human face, for example, but the expressive power of the face in itself; nor the beauty of a certain body, but the manner in which bodies converge into something like 'beauty', fully elementarily in changing light and moving phases; not the form or material of an object, but the conditions and stipulations needed to make the 'essence' – that which prevails over an object’s transience – visually graspable.

Only the anxious look at the exterior, at the pictures’ superimposed...
Prof. Peter von Kornatzki (excerpt from text written in 2005).
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First Collected by

Suzan Hamer


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