Antonín Kratochvíl (1947)

Antonín Kratochvíl is one of the leading representatives of Czech and world photography, a founding member of the prestigious VII Photo Agency, and a winner of four World Press Photo awards. In his work, he focuses mainly on portraits and social documentary photography. For the latter, he has received several international prizes. Through his black and white photographs, he acts on emotions, and disturbs and speaks suggestively about the far side of humanity. Since 1972, he has worked in the US for prestigious newspapers and magazines: Rolling Stone, Los Angeles Times Magazine, Vogue, and Playboy. However, he kept returning to Europe to capture life behind the Iron Curtain and later the changes after its fall. He has gone through almost all the world’s conflicts with his camera in recent decades. He captured genocide in Rwanda, refugees in Zaire as well as Bosnian and Afghan refugees, victims of the AIDS epidemic in Zimbabwe, and drug smugglers in Myanmar and Guatemala. He also portrayed a number of show business celebrities. In recent years, he has focused on capturing disappearing cultures and devastation of the landscape. In 2018, he co-founded the agency 400 ASA, which brings together important personalities of Czech photography. For his work, he was awarded the Journalist of the Year Award by the International Center for Photography in New York and the Leica Medal of Excellence Award for outstanding achievement in reportage photography. American Photo magazine ranked Kratochvíl among the 100 most important personalities in the field.

Selected exhibitions:  Antonín Kratochvíl – Testimonies, Czech Centre’s Window Gallery & Czech Embassy London, London, GBR, 2021
Antonín Kratochvíl - Photo Essays, Prague City Gallery, Prague, CZE,  2020–2021
400 ASA: Photographs (collective exhibition), National Gallery in Prague, Prague, CZE, 2019
Antonín Kratochvíl - Persona, Leica Gallery Prague, Prague, CZE, 2006

Jared Leto
1997, LA, Kalifornie
fotografie (archival print na barytovém papíru)
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53 × 40 cm
rám, zaskl., číslováno 1/10

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Flooded
1990, Caspian Sea coast – Baku, Azerbaijan
photograph (archival print on baryta paper)
signed lower right
40 × 60 cm
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David Bowie
1997, NYC
photograph (archival print on baryta paper)
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60 × 40 cm
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Gardener Copca Mica
1995, Romania
photograph (archival print on baryta paper)
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60 × 40 cm
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Johnny Depp
2001, Prague
photograph (archival print on baryta paper)
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60 × 40 cm
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