Šechtl & Voseček: Publications


Josef Jindřich Šechtl: Photographer’s Diary, 1928–1954


Photographer's Diary 1928-1954 immerses the reader in the distinctive vision of Josef Jindřich Šechtl (1877-1954). For this photographer, the making of compositionally balanced and technically precise images was not a sufficient objective in itself. Rather, Šechtl succeeded in using his 35mm Leica to capture the fleeting nature of private and public social events in all their particularity of time and place.

Šechtl had a keen eye for the often unnoticed and overlooked, while selecting subject matter to reflect the changing tides of historical destiny sweeping across his world. Living in the South Bohemian town of Tábor, Šechtl has been overlooked by historians due to their tendency to concentrate on practitioners from major urban areas.

Šechtl & Voseček Museum of Photography has been assembling and disseminating the photographs of the Šechtl family and those of their contemporaries over five generations, and Photographer's Diary 1928-1954 at long last brings Josef Jindřich Šechtl’s work to the public's attention.

An introductory essay by Josef Moucha situates Šechtl in the wider context of world photography.

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Marie Šechtlová


This monograph on one of the most influential Czech photographers of the 1960s, with texts by , and the author herself, contains 100 full page photographs from her most famous works including New York, Russia, Romani People, Circus, Music, Nudes, and portraits of prominent people such as painters Josef Šíma, Jean Effel and poet František Hrubín. The book also contains additional reproductions from contemporary magazines, an interview by with the author's daughter , as well as the most complete biography published to date, and a list of her exhibitions.

Publisher , 2009, in Czech and English language, ISBN 978-80-904323-0-7, hardcover, 21x24 cm, 184 pages.

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Presentation of book at Luminous-lint, review of book by Dějiny a Současnost Magazine (Czech language)


Marie Šechtlová: Photography 1960–1970 offers a rare look into the graphic yet humanistic vision of a Czechoslovakian woman photographer during a decade of political and social upheaval.

This high-quality publication is a tribute to Šechtlová’s lyrical approach, situated within the Czech avant-garde lineage, which creatively sidestepped the difficulties of expressing humanistic values under a repressive communist regime that imprisoned her husband for his photographic activities.

Among her wide repertoire, All Eyes (1964), a joint effort with poet Jan Noha, establishes a balancing point between image and text by utilizing metaphoric, dramatic abstraction, unconventional perspective, and unusual use of focus, to communicate hopefulness for the future.

The preview is available at Google Books.

Booklets from Šechtl and Voseček Edition

Šechtl & Voseček: History of the Studio

A selection of photographs spanning the history of the Šechtl & Voseček photographic studio from the archive held by the Šechtl & Voseček Museum of Photography. The history of this studio, the longest running private photographic studio in Bohemia, dates back to 1865, and spans three generations of the Šechtl family. The studio was located in Tábor, Czech Republic. The booklet contains 40 reproductions of rare photographs dated between 1864 and the 1980s, a history of the studio, brief biographies of the photographers, information about the Šechtl & Voseček Museum, and the project of digitizing its historical archive. In both Czech and English.

Publisher Marie Šechtlová, 2009, In Czech and English language, ISBN 978-80-904323-1-4, Paperback, 21x15 cm, 32 pages.

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The preview is available at Google Books.


Ignác Šechtl: Tábor 1877-1885, Cartes-de-Visite

Reproductions of rare and seldom-seen photographs in Carte-de-Visite format, taken in 1877 in Tábor, Czech Republic, by pioneering Czech photographer, Ignác Šechtl (Schächtl). The photographs represent important historical documents, as well as demonstrating the artistic vision of early Czech photographers. The booklet contains reproductions of 10 photographs in both their original size, and in enlarged detail, as well providing information about the Carte-de-Visite medium, and a biography of the photographer.

Publisher Marie Šechtlová, 2009, In Czech and English language, ISBN 978-80-904323-2-1, Paperback, 21x15 cm, 32 pages.

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The preview is available at Google Books.


South Bohemia Exhibition in Tábor, 1929
– Professor Theodor Petřík and Tábor

The phenomenon of Industrial Exhibitions in the 1920’s contributed to the introduction of modern architecture to smaller towns. The South Bohemia Exhibition in Tábor in 1929, and the associated Czechoslovak Military Display, was the architectural and urban work of two important Tábor citizens: architect Jan Chomutovský and Professor Theodor Petřík. The grand composition of Exhibition pavilions built on the banks of Lake Jordan amazed and inspired its visitors. Eighty years later, all that is left is a gym building (formerly the Pavilion of Trade), and a series of more than 300 photographs. These photos, from the Šechtl & Voseček Studio (the exclusive photographer of this event) document its construction, its realisation, its destruction by a storm, its restoration, and a series of accompanying events.

While architect Jan Chomutovský worked mainly in Prague, Professor Theodor Petřík shared his love between Prague and his native Tábor. Here you will findanumberof his buildings, which greatly influenced the character of the town. These include the circular extension of the Civil Bank (now the Post Office) on the main square, the refurbishment of the old Savings Bank, the Hýlačka lookout tower, the new Savings Bank on T. G. Masaryk Square, and many others. While Professor Petřík became most famous for his contribution to agricultural engineering, regrettably, his work in other fields of architecture is almost forgotten.

Publisher ČVUT, In Czech and English language, ISBN 978-80-01-04364-6, Paperback, 21x15 cm, 32 pages.

Available at special order only. The preview is available at Google Books.

Scientific papers

Jan Hubička: Digitizing Historical Photographs (in Czech language)
Published in form of Wiki on web of CiTEM 2007–2009
Jan Hubička: Šechtl and Voseček studio (in Czech language)
Historická fotografie, 2007
Jan Hubička: Praktické zkušenosti z digitalizace archivu Šechtl a Voseček.
Bulletin MG 78 (2018)
Jan Hubička: Odhad kvality fotografických materiálů a metody jejich digitalizace.
Zprávy památkové péče 76 (1) (2016), 112--122.

Conference presentations

Jan Hubička: Digitizing Historical Negatives, Practical Experience from Digitizing archive of Šechtl & Voseček
Conference Libraries, Archives and Museum in Digital Era, Prague, 2008
Jan Hubička, Eva Hubičková: Bohumil Štastný (1905-1991)
Workshop Legacy of Three Color Photography, Prague, 2008
Jan Hubička: Digitalizace historických předloh (Czech Language)
Digifoto workshop, Praha, 2008
Jan Hubička: Digitizing historical negatives in Šechtl and Voseček Museum of Photography (Czech and English Language)
Digitalizace aneb konec oslích uší, Praha, 2010
Jan Hubička: Collection of Finlay-Color negatives from the American Colony in Jerusalem (Czech and English Language)
Prostor, barva, pohyb, Praha, 2013

Tábor Streets, 12 postcards

12 Postcards of Tábor Streets published by Šechtl and Voseček Museum of Photography are available together with this map and text in our museum, in the Tábor tourist centre.
Palackého, 1882 Pražská, 1900 Žižkova, 1915 Dlouhá, 1915 Křížkova, 1929 Filipovská, 1906 Křížová, 1910 Na Parkánech, 1900 Hradební, 1890 Kotnovská, 1890 Kotnovská, 1890 Kotnovská, 1908 Šechtl & Voseček

Postcards made from historical negatives

We have also prepared postcards from negatives from the archive of Šechtl and Voseček. Postcards are printed in duotone, and are the first modern postcards printed from original negatives, which have been scanned during our digitization project. We have taken special care to print the postcards with as much detail as possible.

These can be bought, at usual prices, in our museum, or at the Tourist Centre in Tabor Main Square. By doing this, you are helping to support our project. Greater numbers of postcards can be ordered directly, by writing to our email address.

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Detail of postcard
Reverse side of postcard