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Pavel Banka - Fine Art Photography

 



I was too shy to speak- 1989

 

 



Ladder - 1986

 

 



Mountain Expedition with Madlenka and Terezka #2- 1990

 

Copyright Pavel Banka2000. All images are protected by international copyright laws.

 

Pavel Banka has worked in many directions over the years; from drawing with light and layering multiple strobe exposures to straightforward documentary prints with objects added later and rephotographed, to a series of self portraits of him with his images. Some of his best work is figures, usually nude women, shot in the studio with simple props--the prints are beautifully split toned. He uses unusual objects in a sensuous way-a metal spring or bar gently touching (or almost touching) a face or breast. His sensitivity to light in the studio is extreme and often the figure seems to have a glow or halo-an aura. He says that to him the pictures are nostalgic because eventually the model will age and die, they are records of a moment that is passing. His most recent series is pictures of Terezin, a concentration camp near Prague, they are large empty rooms that hold the memory of human presence.