This was another happy accident. I’d never heard of Eva Záhořová until I stumbled onto one of these photos whilst looking for something by a different photographer. That photo led me to the rest of these images. I love it when that happens. I can’t find anything on the photographer herself, other than that she is apparently the great granddaughter of Božena Němcová, a Czech writer. I have no idea who this cherubic little cutie is either, but she looks mischievous in a couple of these, doesn’t she?
Edit: In perusing the archive from which these images were taken a little more in depth, I think I may have made a mistake. The site may not have been listing the photographer but rather the subject, meaning our little cherub could be Eva Záhořová. Well, in my defense, it’s a Czech site and rather confusing. Anyway, whether photographer or subject, someone involved in the making of these images is named Eva Záhořová. Until I know for sure, I’ll leave the pics unlabeled.
[September 30, 2014] One of our readers has informed me that he attempted to contact the museum and selected the option to order prints. Apparently, the order option on the museum’s website is automatic for all images digitized from the Sechtl and Vosecek archive which includes the Záhořová images. The curator or clerk at the museum replied that they are unwilling to sell prints of these images on the grounds that the grandchildren might object for personal reasons. Although this is disappointing news for those who may want to own prints, it does confirm that the name on this post does indeed refer to the subject, that she is a grandmother and that the photos belong to a particular archive that might offer a clue to the name of the photographer. -Ron
From redx on April 28, 2012
oh wow, I’ve seen these before long, long ago. problem was that I could never remember the website and google failed me. I think at the time I was under the impression that the photos originated in Poland so maybe that’s why I couldn’t use my google-fu. if I remember there were a few more pictures of this little princess (though I think you have all of the really good ones here.)
any help on finding where these came from?
From pipstarr72 on April 28, 2012
Hi, redx. My source is here. I used all of the images of her from the site except the first one, which is the same as the second, only laterally reversed and with a weird pink tint to the skin. Hand-tinting black & white images is a skill that few people seem to have mastered, and I generally don’t care for it. There is also some visible damage to the glass covering it which added to it’s unsightliness. The rest of the photos were all fine.