Miroslav Tichý

Michael Hoppen Gallery, London | Miroslav Tichy

Miroslav Tichý is unique outsider photographer. Apparently he started out as a strange painting student in Czechoslovakia. Arrested after the communist takeover in the 1940’s he spent a number of years in jails and prison camps. When Tichý got out he began photographing women with his handmade cameras. I’m not sure this is pure genius or super low budget perversion; maybe a little of both. As with all “outsider artists,” you have to wonder how aware he is of what he is doing.

… Tichý wandered his small town in rags, pursuing his obsession as an artist with the female form by photographing in the streets, shops and parks with cameras he made from tin cans, childrens spectacle lenses and other junk he found on the street. He would return home each day to make prints on equally primitive equipment…

Untitled- Miroslav Tichý courtesy of Michael Hoppen Gallery Miroslav Tichý Homemade Camera Miroslav Tichy

Other Links-

ARCO’05 | Miroslav Tichý
Miroslav Tichy at Nolan/Eckman Gallery Web Site
Hot Gun Spy: More On Miroslav Tichy
Kunsthaus Zürich | Miroslav Tichy | 15.07. - 18.09.2005

7 Responses to “Miroslav Tichý”  

  1. 1 brian tjepkema

    I think it can be said that Tichy’s methods of photography are quite sophisticated. You can be sure that it is not a case of being an outsider artist. He is actually a mystic and art alchemist…

    I know this because I am his apprentice. Soon I will be putting some of his material on my website.

  2. 2 brian tjepkema

    I have added some Tichy material to my website;


    In the weeks to come I will be adding more including a section called “God and his Apprentice - the art alchemy of Tichy and Tjepkema.”

  3. 3 sarah

    Thanks for your comments - the Tichy stuff on your webpage is great! I’ve posted a new article on my main page (http://sarahwichlacz.com/?p=93) pointing to your Tichy page. So much work I hadn’t seen before - can’t wait until you get some of his paintings posted.


  4. 4 brian tjepkema

    Hello Sarah,

    Thanks for the interest. I’ll be adding more material in the next week or two. I’m glad you enjoy it.

    My version of Tichy’s life and his art is quite different than the one that is currently being offered. I’ll be adding another section called “God and his Apprentice” which is based on a book I put together that explores the connections between myself and Tichy. Needless to say, I showed this book first to Tichy before I showed it to anyone else. He encouraged me to make exhibitions from it and to publish it.

  5. 5 bata99

    Yes, I do think your opinion is righteous. (So do lots of people). Luckily majority of people are intelligent :).

  6. 6 brian tjepkema

    Thanks for the support. I have been researching Tichy on the Internet in the last couple of days and I am pleased that there are a lot of questions about the ownership of the photos and the illegality of the Tichy exhibitions. I have some shocking inside information but at this time I will refrain from publishing it here.

    Keep your eyes on Paris in June of this year when there will be a major Tichy exhibition at the Centre Pompidou. The Top Hat Man has promised to make an appearance…

  1. 1 Miroslav Tichý (Painter and Photographer) Revisited at Sarah Wichlacz

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