Pavel Šindelař, longtime photographer friend to CaSFFA, was a student with a camera during the Soviet invasion of Prague in August, 1968. He fled soon after and has been in Australia since 1969. CaSFFA is fortunate to present a selection of the poignant images he took of the invasion.
These unique historical photos document the first days of the Soviet occupation of Czechoslovakia. Taking these photos was not without a great deal of danger. Pavel recalls having goosebumps when he was requested by a Soviet officer to hand over his camera, which he flatly refused to do, walking calmly away from the officer waving his hand gun. “I expected the worst,” recalls Pavel, as the soldiers were trigger-happy. Although the official number of fatalities during the invasion is impossible to ascertain, the fact remains that the occupation forces were responsible for taking the lives of many innocent Czechs and Slovaks.
A collection of personal artefacts kindly lent by the local Czech and Slovak community accompanies Pavel’s photographs. They reflect the personal experiences of people affected by these events who live locally.
Exhibition Opening Hours
Weekdays: from 5.15pm
Saturdays: from 2pm
Sun 16 Sep: from 5.15pm
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