Miroslav Tichý was born in the Czech Republic in 1926. He took thousands of surreptitious pictures of women in his hometown of Kyjov from 1960 to 1985 using homemade cameras constructed out of cardboard tubes, tin cans, and other at-hand materials. During the Communist regime in Czechoslovakia, he was considered a dissident. His photographs were largely unknown until an exhibition at the 2004 Biennial of Contemporary Art in Seville. Since then, he has shown at the Nolan/Eckmann Gallery in New York, the Centre Pompidou in Paris, The Museum of Modern Art in Frankfurt, and the Wilkinson Gallery in London. He passed away in April 2011.