Czech photographer of Moravian birth. He graduated from the Faculty of
Mechanical Engineering of the Czech Higher Institute of Technology in Prague
(1961) and became an engineer of aircraft engines. He began to photograph as
an amateur at the age of 14. In 1961, with the encouragement of the
photographer and critic Jiri Jenícek (1895–1963), he held his first
exhibition, at the popular Prague theatre Semafor. He was also influenced by
the theorist Anna Fárová. From 1962 he worked as a photographer for the
journal Divadlo and from 1965 for the avant-garde Theatre behind the
Gate (Divadlo za Branou), led by the director Otomar Krejca, which enabled
him to become professional. In 1965 he was accepted as a member of the
Photography Section of the Association of Czech Artists, and in 1967 he left
his job as an engineer to dedicate himself to photography.
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