“From the past to the present, Markéta Luskačová has maintained the accuracy of her gaze and her common thread, the human.”
Photography has the wonderful power of preserving memory. I have always photographed people and places that I loved, valued and wanted to be remembered,” explains Markéta Luskačová. Born in Czechoslovakia in 1944, she left the country in the mid-1970s for Great Britain, where she lived for most of her life. This has never prevented her from maintaining links with her homeland, where she continues to travel regularly to carry out various series, such as the one on children produced in the Czech Republic from 1998 to 2014. This work echoes Citizen 2000, a series of documentaries on the lives of twenty children made for Channel 4 between 1986 and 2000. A photographer of reality, Markéta Luskačová has been working on long-term documentaries since she began in 1964. Her credo: to dig deep furrows around subjects that are dear to her. ‘Pilgrims in Slovakia’, made from 1964, when she was a sociology student, to 1971, is a case in point. A delicate project at a time when religion was outlawed by the Communist regimes. In the same way that she has been unfailingly consistent on other themes, such as “London markets” and “Carnivals in the Czech Republic”, which she has continued to cover since 1975, she has never stopped photographing throughout the decades: “It has given a rhythm to my life, a purpose and even dignity. I’ve always taken photos and I still do today”. Essentially in black and white, and recognisable by his sharp handwriting, his work also includes works in colour where his mastery of composition is the same. From the past to the present, Markéta Luskačová has maintained the accuracy of her gaze and her common thread, the human.
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