The book, originally published as A Hundred Years of Photography 1839–1939 (1939) by the editor, author, teacher, photographer and expert on the history of photography Lucia Moholy presents a brief contemporary discourse on the cultural history of photography. The publication, supplemented with a series of unique photographs and magazine illustrations, describes the development of photography from its beginnings, when it was considered a type of magic, up to the mass-produced status that it enjoyed by the time of the book’s original year of publication (1939). Although the discoveries and inventions that ultimately led to the establishment of photography date much further back into history, its precipitous development began at the moment when Louis Daguerre presented the first portrait of a living person. In this book, the author sets the preconditions, development and successes of the new medium within the broader context of political, economic, technical, aesthetic, artistic and socio-cultural relations.

Lucia Moholy (1894–1989) was born in Prague, where she lived until she reached the age of twenty-one. In 1915 she left for Germany, where she found employment in editorial offices and publishing houses. Her passion was photography, with a particular accent on the historical development and social significance of the medium. In 1921 she married the Hungarian-born artist and photographer László Moholy-Nagy, and within the space of a few years she herself found renown as a photographer. She taught for two years at the art school in Berlin, before moving to London in 1934. She was a member and contributor of The Photographic Society of Great Britain.

Lucia Moholy
Translation: Jakub Hauser
Introduction: Hana Buddeus
Graphic design: Tereza Hejmová, Adéla Svobodová

Number of pages: 204
Dimensions: 120 × 190 mm
Binding: hardcover
Language: Czech
ISBN: 978-80-908456-8-8

Publisher: Kunsthalle Praha
Release: May 2024