Jitka Hanzlová

Jitka Hanzlová
*1958 in Nachod; lives in Essen
In contrast to the prevailing trend of haste, the Czech photographer Jitka Hanzlová, who has lived in Germany since 1982, works quietly and calmly on her "Portraits": portraits of children, farmers and women, and also of landscapes, of a tree in a field, of washing hanging on the line, of smoking ashes, and of the seasons. She approaches her subjects with a lightness and gentleness of touch, showing them quite simply as they really are, their innate being and their dignity. A delicate, almost fragile sense of colour pervades her pictures, giving them an atmosphere of their own. In the series of photographs entitled "Rokytník /bewohner" (Rokytník/inhabitants), Jitka Hanzlová presents the rural world of her native village with its naturally evolved system of order and becomes involved in a biographical discussion with the conflict that ensues from her past life in the wide "open" countryside and the strictly structured, encapsulated "closed in" life in the city.