Despite the acclaim, his work is now little known outside the picture libraries of the newspapers and magazines who sent hirn on assignment. However, his own prints have been stored, perfectly preserved, in the attic of his family's home in Essex. On these pages, published as a portfolio for the first time since his death, are just a few of them - n particular his evocation of the momentous events of August 1968 in Prague, which the Yearbook admired so much.Tyszko, having bluffed his way into the city as a Polish student, was the first photographer in Prague to witness the tanks of the Warsaw Pact advancing to restore the iron grip of Communism.
It was the making of him, and remains his most acutely observed work, as well as the most vivid picture of the city after the brief and liberating "Prague Spring" under Alexander Dubcek.And there was plenty of competition - not least from the celebrated Josef Koudelka, later of the Magnum agency.
What emerges also is a young man of exceptional charism, who, true to the more relaxed mores of his times,
behaved sometimes flamboyantly perhaps even a little recklessly:
"Before he had left home, he had smashed up at least two motorbikes," remembers his brother Simon, 14 years his junior.
`The railings he smashed into held his shape for weeks afterwards." A romantic picture of an incipient adventurer develops further.
Sent to a strict Polish-Jesuit boarding school (his fatherwas Polish, his mother English),
he rebelled by stealing a boat and rowing off downriver.
Barely a decade later, he was in Israel covering the Arab-Israeli Six, Day War, and then Prague.
Presently his archive has been preserved and catalogued within the Hulton Archive (now part of Getty Pictures),
and is undergoing a collaborative reappraisal as part of the fine art practice of his brother, the Artist Simon Tyszko with a view
to both bringing Stefan's works to the attention of wider 21C contemporary gallery scene, and .