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    Josef Sudek, how much of the Right arm was gone?

    In reading of Josef Sudek most accounts of his missing right arm only say he lost his right hand in WWI. In photos of him I do not see him using the rest of the arm to help balance the camera when he walked and carried it. If he had only lost the hand I would expect to see some use of the arm he had left.

    Anyone know how much of the arm was lost?

    I will say he is my favorite one armed photographer - as well as one of my favorites of all time. Some great images from a man driven to produce work wherever he was and in conditions that would have forced many to quit altogether.

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    Re: Josef Sudek, how much of the Right arm was gone?

    Had a quick google:

    < After slightly less than a year in the line, he was wounded in the right arm. The wound was not serious, but gangrene set in; a long struggle ensued and f inally Sudek's arm was removed at the shoulder. For three years, he was a patient in a veteran's hospital; it was there, during his recuperation, that he first began photographing in earnest. >

    from: http://www.google.de/imgres?imgurl=h...QEwAQ&dur=8902

    see pictures near bottom
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    Re: Josef Sudek, how much of the Right arm was gone?

    Thank you. I had not run across that, just the "lost his hand" references. The photos of him working did not fit with the descriptions.

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    Re: Josef Sudek, how much of the Right arm was gone?

    here is film about him, with him in work...

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    Re: Josef Sudek, how much of the Right arm was gone?

    I suppose I'm not allowed to complain about the weight and inconvenience of my 8x10 camera any more...

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    Re: Josef Sudek, how much of the Right arm was gone?

    thanks, i enjoyed this very much. I have found Josef Sudek an inspiration.

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    Re: Josef Sudek, how much of the Right arm was gone?

    Thanks for the video link. A really well made short documentary about one of the greats.

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