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Karel Cudlin

Karel Cudlín is at the forefront of contemporary Czech photography. Graduating in 1987 from the Department of Photography at the Prague film school, FAMU, he has worked as a photojournalist for a number of magazines and newspapers (Mladý svět, Lidové noviny, Prostor) and for a short time for the Czech Press Agency. He is best known to the Czech public as one of President Václav Havel’s personal photographers as well as for his inimitably expressive photographs of various ethnic and social groups: Czech and Slovak Romani; Ukrainian laborers; Red Army soldiers leaving the former Czechoslovakia. Cudlín’s photographs of Jewish communities — primarily from Prague, the post-Communist countries, and Israel — have also brought him deserved acclaim. Karel has participated in more than 60 group exhibitions in the USA and Europe, and his work is found in a number of private collections worldwide.
Select bibliography:

Fotografie. Torst: Praha 1994.

Izrael 50. Argo: Praha 1998.


Karel Cudlín (Silverio, Robert, ed.). Torst: Praha 2001.
personal website.


Israel