Jindřich Vaněk was an early 20th century Czech photographer with a famous photography studio in Prague.  He is perhaps best known for his Galerie vynikajících osobností (Gallery of Exceptional Personalities), which chronicled the most famous people from early 20th century Czechoslovakia -- some of which you can see above.  He is also known for his photos of architecture (especially of Prague and Český Krumlov) and his nudes.  

Vaněk, Jindřich

The Fostinum

The collector is the true resident of the interior.  The collector dreams his way not only into a distant or bygone world but also into a better one. 

                                                                                              - Walter Benjamin

Nadar - Georges Sand, albumen printNadar - Alexandre Dumas, albumen printNadar - Victor Hugo, in memoriam, albumen printNadar - Self-portrait (Publicity photo to raise funds for Le Géant), albumen printNadar - Hot air balloons, albumen printNadar - Sarah Bernhardt in Tosca, 1882, albumen printNadar - Sarah Bernhardt as Jeanne d'Arc (Joan of Arc), 1889, albumen printNadar - Sarah Bernhardt, 1890, albumen printNadar - Sarah Bernhardt as Gismonda, albumen printNadar - Edmond de Goncourt