Václav ŠEDÝ photographer    

Václav Šedý was born in Cesky Tesin (Czech Republic). After completing his studies at the FAMU-Czech Republic National Academy of Cinema and Television in Prague, he devoted himself to architectural photography. At the beginning of the eighties he moved to Italy, where he still lives and works.
From 1980 to today he has published in architecture and design magazines such as "AU", "Domus", "Casabella", "Abitare", "Ottagono", turning his attention to modern and contemporary architecture. He has realized photographic services for various monographs related to the work of Benedetto Alfieri in Asti, the twentieth century in Tuscany, the Glass House by Philip Johnson in New Canaan, the House of the Town Hall in Prague, the architectural work of Vincenzo Scamozzi in Vicenza, sculptures by Arnaldo Pomodoro, the Casa Museo Boschi di Stefano in Milan. He also participated in the Carlo Scarpa Fototeca project for CISA Andrea Palladio with extensive photographic documentation of the architecture of the Venetian master, in Italy and abroad. He collaborated with the Michelucci Foundation, the Milan Triennale, CISA Andrea Palladio, the G. Credito Valtellinese Foundation, the Boschi di Stefano Foundation in Milan. From 2011 to 2013 he was Director of the Czech Cultural Center in Milan, where he developed cultural projects related to Italy-Czech Republic relations in the fields of art, architecture, publishing, music, teaching and pedagogy, political and social, organizing exhibitions of architecture, photography, graphics and design, conferences, concerts, debates, presentations of books and magazines, both at the Milan headquarters of the Center and at other institutional locations in Milan, Rome and Trieste. Among the various activities, as Director of the Center, the promotion, together with GARIWO Onlus, of the planting of trees in memory of Vaclav Havel in Milan and Jan Patocka in Brescia, with the involvement of many Italian intellectuals.
Careful connoisseur of the History of Italian and International Architecture, his expressive research moves from the interest for the architectural form in the historical evolution, cultivated since the early times of his activity with the collaboration with the Regional Geographic Museum of Cesky Tesin. Subsequently the critical reading of the architectural structure prevails through the perception of the spatial elements composed in the frame of the photograph. The historical aspect is the common thread that links the first works to the more recent ones, developed through the digital image. If the conception of the book proved to be the best way to present his research, the exhibit layouts highlighted the interrelations between the photographic images and new critical points of view of the architectures taken.
The traditional photographic work in black and white and colors, has flanked the project of the visual conservation of a temporary event ("Christopher Dresser" exhibition, Triennale di Milano, exhibition "The treasures of the Milan State University", Rotonda della Besana in Milan ) and participated in the preparation of architecture and design exhibitions at the Milan Triennale, the CISA in Vicenza, the Rotonda della Besana in Milan, the Rissiera Museum in San Sabba (Trieste).







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