Everyday life in the streets of Prague, celebrations, demonstrations and the Velvet Revolution. This projection, marking the occasion of Freedom and Democracy Day, is based on the book by photographer and historian Tomáš Pospěch and shows unknown and forgotten photographs taken by Karel Bucháček and his friend and colleague Miroslav Hlaváček. During their lifetime in communist Czechoslovakia, the authors could not present their work publicly. Their photographs sensitively record life in the city during the normalization period and show people's efforts to cope.
Karel Bucháček (1932-2008), despite his demanding profession as a mathematician, captured the invasion of Czechoslovakia by Warsaw Pact troops in 1968 in a detailed yet non-descript manner, with an emphasis on personal vision. In the following years of the normalization period, he photographed life in the then newly built prefabricated housing estate in Prague-Bohnice and captured the redevelopment of Žižkov, Holešovice and other districts of Prague, including the center of the city affected by the construction of the metro. He captured the May 1 celebrations, Matěj funfairs, horse races in Velké Chuchle, the all-night-long queuing for new TV sets or children playing in the streets. But he also captured the anti-regime demonstrations of 1988-1989, the beatification of St. Agnes, the attempted police shutdown of the demonstration on Národní třída, the Velvet Revolution, the election of Václav Havel as the president, and his welcome upon arrival from a speech to the United States Congress. This Prague diary of Karel Bucháček is unique in its extent of coverage and his attempt to systematically capture everyday life and pivotal events in Prague.