Untitled, 1950 - 1980 by Miroslav Tichý
What's so interesting about an old blotchy photo of a woman's face? It's a photograph taken by Miroslav Tichý, one of the greatest "finds" of unknown artists who worked on the fringe of the art world.
Tichý was born in 1926 in what is now the Czech Republic and studied painting at the Academy of Art in Prague until one day in the 1960s he was thrown in prison camp for no particular reason other than that he was "different" and was considered subversive. Eight years later, he was released and spent his days taking photos of women - at times surreptitiously while they were sunbathing (which landed him in trouble with the police when he got caught).
But that's not why he's on Neatorama: it's how he took those photos. Tichý couldn't afford a camera, so he cobbled one up from tin cans, children's spectacle lenses and other junks on the street!