Matthew Monteith: Czech Eden

To see more of his images, see our full review in Pop Photo Features.—Lori Fredrickson

Upon visiting Czech Republic in the early 1990s, Matthew Monteith was fascinated by the forever-blurred line between reality and idyll in what is still, since the collapse of communism, a nation in search of its identity. This fascination led into a series, Czech Eden, published by Aperture this month—the name for his series was inspired by a visit to Cesky Raj, a protected national preserve in Northern Bohemia. “Raj” can be translated as Heaven, Paradise, or Eden—Monteith chose the latter because, he says, of “the ambiguity and impossibility in creating a Utopian society.”

Hear him explain more about the series and have your copy of the book signed today at 6:30 p.m. at Aperture Galleries in New York (547 W. 27th Street, 4th Floor).

To see more of his images, see our full review in Pop Photo Features.
Lori Fredrickson