The Photographs of Journalist Viktor Mussik in the Collection of the Náprstek Museum
|Keywords||photographic collections in the Náprstek Museum of Asian, African and American Cultures (Prague), photojournalism, travels in Asia and Africa, journalists during the occupation|
|Type of Article||Peer-reviewed|
|Citation||TODOROVOVÁ, Jiřina. The Photographs of Journalist Viktor Mussik in the Collection of the Náprstek Museum. Annals of the Náprstek Museum. Prague: National Museum, 2014, 35(2), 35–56. ISSN 0231-844X (print), 2533-5685 (online). Also available from: https://publikace.nm.cz/en/periodicals/aotnpm/35-2/the-photographs-of-journalist-viktor-mussik-in-the-collection-of-the-naprstek-museum|
Journalist and photographer Viktor Mussik (1899–1952) travelled to many Asian and African countries in the 1920s and 1930s. His photographs are a typical example of documentary photojournalism – they have no artistic ambitions, but capture a particular state of affairs at a particular moment in time in a particular country. Given the period in which they were created, and Viktor Mussik‘s great talent for observation, his photos are among the best collections in the National Museum – Náprstek Museum of Asian, African and American Cultures. After the Second World War Mussik was accused of collaborating with the German occupiers, and although he was later rehabilitated, he was unable to continue working as a journalist.