This year’s edition of Czech Press Photo was won by Lukáš Bíba for an
image of a Czech flag flying above a June demonstration at Prague’s
Letná Plain against Prime Minister Andrej Babiš. The jury said the
photograph was a symbol of the complicated political and social situation
in the country, with part of society taking part in passionate protests at
the same time as Mr. Babiš’s ANO party maintained a lead in opinion
The Czech Press Photo competition was held for the 25th time this year. Some photographers refused to take part in the latest edition, saying the contest’s standards had fallen.
Celebrations marking the 30th anniversary of the Velvet Revolution are taking place not only in the Czech Republic but also among Czech and Slovak communities abroad. The Czech consulate in Chicago has prepared several events highlighting the 30 years of freedom, including a showcase of photos by the award-winning photographer Karel Cudlín.
A number of leading photographers have refused to submit entries to this
year’s edition of the Czech Press Photo competition. Names such as Michal
Čížek, Milan Jaroš, Stanislav Krupař, Tomki Němec, Filip Singer and
Jan Šibík, who between them hold a number of prestigious awards, said in
an open letter to the organiser that Czech Press Photo had lost the credit
it had built up over a quarter of a century.
Last year’s winning photo by Lukáš Zeman, which depicted an orangutan and its dying baby, was criticised for lacking journalistic value.
Jan Šibík 1989, a photography exhibition now running in Prague, brings to life some of the most dramatic moments of that momentous period. Šibík, who was then in his mid-20s, succeeded in capturing the police brutality that sparked the Velvet Revolution – as well as events that foreshadowed and followed it.
T-Club is the name of one of the two gay clubs that operated in the Czech capital under Communism. The place, frequented by the LGBT community, was immortalized in a series of pictures taken by photographer Libuše Jarcovjáková. They are now on display within the Prague Pride festival, which got underway on Monday.
Czech documentary photographer and curator Dana Kyndrová is perhaps best known abroad for her project ‘Woman between Inhaling and Exhaling’. Spanning several decades, it exquisitely captures the stages of a woman’s life, divided into seven themes – adolescence, maternity and family, work, fun, eroticism, faith, and old age. But as she noted on a recent guided tour of selected works now at the Czech Centre in New York, she is not ‘a photographer of women’.
This May marks the centenary of the birth of Ladislav Sitenský, among the most celebrated Czech photographers of the 20th century. He’s perhaps best known today for his iconic World War II work documenting the Nazi occupation of his homeland and lives of his fellow servicemen in the RAF’s Czechoslovak 312th squadron. But for over seven decades, Sitenský – who was also an accomplished sportsman, essayist and novelist – lovingly turned his lens to the people and architecture of Prague and other European capitals.
The V&A Museum in London is showing the work of Czech photographer and
political refugee Ivan Kyncl.
Known for his experimental approach to photography, Kyncl photographed politically sensitive plays performed in the secret ‘living room theatre’ of blacklisted actress Vlasta Chramostová.
He also documented the activities of the Charter 77 anti-communist opposition.
Following his move to the UK, Kyncl went on to capture some of the greatest plays, operas and musicals of the 20th century.
The exhibition opens on February 19 and will run until June.
US-based Czech photographer Marie Tomanová is known for her striking portrait work and often nude images of her own body interacting with nature. Right now Tomanová’s career is on the up and up. She made a splash in New York with a solo show this year, has her first monograph coming out soon and is also set to be the subject of a documentary. When we met, I asked the Moravian-born artist what had led her to the US almost eight years ago.
Photographer Jeffrey Martin has just released the largest photo of Prague ever taken and indeed one of the largest photos ever produced anywhere. Martin, who specialises in panoramic photography, spent three days taking thousands of individual images to create a single image containing 900,000 pixels. As he told me, he took advantage of the opportunity to shoot from a unique vantage point.