On the Messy Nessy Chich website, an amazing look at Miroslav Tichý, a "reclusive peeping tom photographer" who "ground lenses out of plastic with toothpaste and ash, putting them together with cardboard toilet paper tubes, dressmakers elastic and old camera parts he found."
He ceased to care how he looked, dressing like a vagabond, possibly expressing his rebellion through his personal appearance. The state often tried to keep him out of sight, snatching him up and sending him to psychiatric clinics for days at a time over Communist patriotic holidays. Removed from society, it was around this time in the 1960s that he stopped painting and began making his intentionally imperfect cameras and experimenting with photography.
Tichý certainly preferred his subjects to be women, most of whom were completely unaware that they were being photographed. Some just didnt realize that his camera made of plywood and tin cans was even real, and would smile simply to be kind to the crazy local man with the long beard and his toy camera.
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