The magnificent photography of Jan Novotny is featured in this beautiful poster. A perfect gift for seekers everywhere, as well as an ideal takeaway for anyone who has had the pleasure of a transformative stay at The Sentinel — and for those who wish they had! Particularly stunning when framed and glassed.
18″ x 24″
100 lb gloss art paper
Jan Novotny has been photographing the world since 1963, when he picked up his father’s camera as a thirteen-year-old. At age fifteen good fortune struck. He was thrown out of school for political reasons, and found a job doing odd work at the leading photographic studio in the Czech capital, Prague. There he he learned from old masters who worked with enormous, ancient cameras without shutters, and from successful younger photographers who had access to the only Hasselblad in all of communist Czechoslovakia — the very same technologically advanced, obscenely expensive device Neil Armstrong took to the moon. Novotny lived for photography — by the time he became a refugee in 1968, his images had been published, and showcased in several shows.
After settling in Canada, Jan’s life took a different path. While his passion for photography never left him, his life path took him in different directions. Then, 2010, the flickering photographic flame burst into a merry blaze. Several successful shows followed, including a blockbuster travelling exhibit, seen by thousands, commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Soviet Union’s invasion of Czechoslovakia.
Most of his previous work can best be described as an investigation of social issues, featuring images that are primarily shot with traditional film cameras, and in black and white.His Sentinel-exclusive Mandala Natura collection is a departure, a change in focus that Novotny attributes, at least in part, to two life-changing experiences at The Sentinel.
Jan has selected an image he feels evokes the external beauty and inner mystery of The Sentinel for this exclusive poster.
For more about Jan and his work, click here to read a fascinating interview with the photographer!