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Pavel Maria Smejkal: Fatescapes (Beijing)

Work / Photography

Iconic war photography hauntingly reduced to simple, empty lanscapes

Czech photographer Pavel Maria Smejkal is responsible for this arresting series of images that are completely familiar yet strikingly alien. Taking iconic photographs of moments that have shaped the course of human history (think Iwo Jima, Tiananmen Square and The Grassy Knoll) Pavel removes the human elements from them, leaving nothing but empty, haunting landscapes behind. They offer an eerily prosaic look at the geographical plainness of sites that have been imbued with such enormous importance.

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Pavel Maria Smejkal: Fatescapes (Gettysburg)

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Pavel Maria Smejkal: Fatescapes (Vietnam)

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Pavel Maria Smejkal: Fatescapes (Kent USA)

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Pavel Maria Smejkal: Fatescapes (Saigon)

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Pavel Maria Smejkal: Fatescapes (Berlin)

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Pavel Maria Smejkal: Fatescapes (Iwo Jima)