What they wrote about the author

Wikipedia article (Czech)

Jan Mlčoch, curator of photography collection of Uměleckoprůmyslové (Art-industry) museum in Prague (in a letter to Luděk Wünsch from the Silesian museum):

"This is a very mature author, who was able to document the events not only of his home town, but the whole Czech society of the 50s all the way up to the 80s with great sensitivity and determination. His works were immediately placed amongst the most prestigeous collections of Czech photography."

Prof. PhDr. Vladimír Birgus, historian of photography and university professor:

"I was so lucky as to be able to browse thousands of film negatives with Gustav Aulehla and discover more and more amazing shots, which are not only a document of their time, but also an evidence, that Czech photography has a truly iconic author."

Prof. Mgr. Jindřich Štreit, university professor and photographer:

"You are like my mirror... Any mistake I make returns to me like a boomerang and that is good, very good. It is the only way a man can succeed and get somewhere."

Dr. Monika Faber - leader of photography collection in the exhibition hall Albertina in Vienna (on the occasion of photographic exhibition Europäischer Monat der Fotografie):

"Von Cartier-Bresson inspiriert übernahm er den Grundsatz, das Geschehen vor der Kamera möglichst nicht zu beeinflussen und die Fotokomposition im Moment des Auslösens als abgeschlossen zu betrachten. Die Aufnahmen von Aulehla sind meist einfach komponiert und zeichnen sich durch ihre Lyrik aus. Aufgrund ihres rohen Charakters und ihrer ironischen Distanz, mit der sie den Alltag zur Zeit des Kommunismus aufzeigen"

"The photographer was in his time inspired by Cartier Bresson. He is not trying to influence the events in front of the camera and he considers the composition of the photography finished in the moment of pressing the shutter button. Aulehla's shots are simple, they are typical by their raw lyricism and their ironic aloofness capturing the ordinary everydayness of the communist times."

Renata Ramazanová, mayor of Krnov (in the preface of the book Gustav Aulehla: fotografie 1957-1990):

"Photographies of Gustav Aulehla are a documentary with the power of a story, every shot paints the context of its time, its atmosphere and people's fates. He is a unique observer, who is able to capture the lives of ordinary people. His work tells a story of our past and present and his chronicle is an extraorinary spectacle."

Petr Klimpl, photographer:

"Gustav Aulehla took photos unpretentiously, with humility and conviction, that photography has the ability to tell a story about people and the world truthfully and honestly."

Josef Chuchma, journalist (Article on iDNES.cz)

"Higly engaged, but not at all arranged image chronicle of everydayness, which Gustav Aulehla authored, should be studied in more detail."

Dan Poláček, Tomáš Vocelka, journalists (Article on Aktualne.cz)

"Gustav Aulehla is presently one of the stars of the Czech humanistic documentary genre and his work is being increasingly discussed."

František Kuba, journalist (Article on Denik.cz)

"Gustav Aulehla was a legend in the Krnov region, but remained undiscovered on the national and international scene for a long time, despite the fact that he documented similar topics much earlier than his more well-known colleagues."

After the author's death:

Magazine Aktuálně.cz
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Czech television
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Moravian-Silesian daily
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Moravian nation
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