Tichy was an eccentric. He was held prisoner for almost a decade in Soviet labor camps just for that—being an eccentric, falsely accused of dissidence.
Upon his release in the early 70s, he wandered his small town in rags pursuing his voyeuristic obsession with the female form by photographing women unawares in the streets, shops and parks, through windows and fences, with cameras he fashioned out of tin cans, children’s eyeglass lenses and other junk he’d pick up while wandering.
I find it rather odd that within a two week span we had the internet in a uproar over photo-creep Redditors and then we have this artist being celebrated by many of the same people. Dude was a creep; that he was too poor or too cheap to buy a real camera makes no difference. His photos were surreptitiously taken and many not even of the entire subject just single a part of an objectified female body.