I have a total mistrust of power
Jan Ságl was born on 25 March 1942 v Humpolec. His father Jan Ságl Sr. lost his business during the nationalization and franchising of the postal service and became a tractor driver for United Agricultural Cooperative (JZD). At home there was also a strong and marked position toward the totalitarian system, which would have an impact on Jan’s entire life. Already as a child he had become acquainted with Martin and Zorka Jirous. His best friend’s sister eventually became his girlfriend and a few years later they were married. At the beginning of the 1960s, all three of them relocated to Prague and became involved in shaping the underground subculture there. The Ságls collaborated in the stage design for bands like The Primitives Group and The Plastic People of the Universe. Ivan Martin Jirous was their manager and art director. Jan also contributed significantly to Zorka’s landscape actions in the first half of the 1970s, which he also photo-documented. He ended his collaboration with the underground circle in 1976 over a disagreement with Jirous. Starting in 1982, Jan’s photographs began to see good sales to media agencies in the West and the regime periodically allowed him and his wife to travel beyond the Iron Curtain. Zorka Ságlová died in 2003. Till today (2020) Jan continues his creative work and oversees the heritage of his wife.