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.
Czech and American officials have organised a commemorative event to mark the tenth anniversary of 9-11 on Sunday at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Černínský Palác) at 6 p.m. Headlining the programme will be the classic Czech underground band Plastic People of the Universe. An exhibition of photographs by Jan Šibík showing the aftermath of the attacks in New York will be on display, as will a new exhibit on Czech contributions to reconstruction efforts in Afghanistan. The event is being organised by the Czech Foreign and Defence Ministries in cooperation with the American Center and is open to the public.
Two Czech documentary makers were interrogated for several days after being arrested by police in Iran, the news website idnes.cz reported. Martin Šíma and Jan Šibík, who is best known as a photographer, were in the country making a film about a lawyer defending a woman condemned to death. They were arrested last month after recording some shots of young people in a park. Both are now back in the Czech Republic.
Jan Sibik is perhaps the Czech Republic's best known photo-journalist. In two decades he has undertaken over 200 assignments around the world, covering everything from the genocide in Rwanda to the devastation wreaked on Sri Lanka by the 2005 tsunami. The photographer has a new exhibition on at the moment in Prague, with the focus this time on the women of Kibera in the Kenyan capital Nairobi, one of the biggest and poorest slums in Africa.