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  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Czech Republic (photographed)

  • Date:

    ca. 1960-1980 (photographed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Tichý, Miroslav, born 1926 (photographer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Gelatin-silver print

  • Credit Line:

    Given by the Michael Hoppen Gallery

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case TECHS

Miroslav Tichý was private about his work; he kept his prints to himself and never intended to exhibit them. They are unique and make aesthetic use of scratches and other superficial damage. His photographs are also often surrounded with rough, hand-decorated borders of cut, coloured card with pen and ink patterns. His images show an enchantment with women as everyday muses, depicted in mundane activities such as shopping, sunbathing, sitting on benches or simply strolling around. Tichý’s work shows beauty in an alternative to pristine, ‘museum-quality’ prints, traditionally considered to be superior.

Physical description

Black and white framed photograph featuring the legs of two women seated on a bench

Place of Origin

Czech Republic (photographed)


ca. 1960-1980 (photographed)


Tichý, Miroslav, born 1926 (photographer)

Materials and Techniques

Gelatin-silver print


Length: 32.7 cm sheet, Width: 26 cm sheet

Descriptive line

Photograph by Miroslav Tichý, 'Two Women Sitting on Bench, Legs', gelatin silver print, c.1960-1980.

Labels and date

Gallery 100, 2016-17:

Miroslav Tichy´ (1926–2011)
Two Women Sitting on a Bench

Miroslav Tichy´ began taking clandestine photographs of women in his hometown of Kyjov, Czech Republic in the 1960s. Using intentionally rudimentary homemade cameras, he found beauty and a sense of eroticism not in images of idealised artists’ models, but in studies of real individuals going about their everyday lives.

Gelatin silver print
Given by Michael Hoppen Gallery
Museum no. E.328-2006
Gallery 100, ‘History of photography’, 2012-2013, label texts :

Miroslav Tichý (1926 – 2011)
About 1960–80

Tichý trained as a painter but spent many years
as a psychiatric patient, living on the fringes of
mainstream society. For over three decades he
photographed people on the streets of Brno, Czech
Republic, using homemade cameras. He was 79
when his first retrospective was held. His roughly
made photographs stand in contrast to pristine,
‘museum-quality’ prints.

Gelatin silver prints
Purchased with the assistance of Pierre Brahm, Mark Hawtin,
Michael Warshaw and Michael Hoppen
Museum nos. E.289, 328-2006
[11 03 2014]


Photographic paper


Silver gelatin process

Subjects depicted




Production Type



Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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