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Apr 8, 2005 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM

Antonin Kratochvil - Vanishing

Book Signing Event, Friday, April 8, 6-7:30 pm, INTERNATIONAL CENTER OF PHOTOGRAPHY BOOKSTORE, 1133 Avenue of the Americas, New York.

Book Signing Event
FRIDAY, April 8, 6-7:30 pm

1133 Avenue of the Americas, New York

More info at www.icp.org




VANISHING – photographs by Antonin Kratochvil, with essays by Michael Persson – is a riveting collection of 16 photo essays taken over 16 years. It is a tour through endangered life forms and ruined environments, human catastrophes and destruction – resulting in vanishing cultures. From the book’s introduction: “VANISHING speaks on behalf of life despite man’s ever-threatening presence. This body of work offers nothing in the way of answers, neither is it a sermon in hopes of brighter days . . . VANISHING gives those who go about their business, living their lives, a chance to look beyond their worlds and into others.”


Included are Guyana, Bohemia, Beirut, Bolivia, Congo, Louisiana, Zimbabwe, Ecuador, Prague, Chernobyl, Angola, Caspian Sea, Azerbaijan, Cambodia, Iraq, and New York City.


Powerful scenes include mining for gold by using cyanide in Guyana; industrial pollution and demolished towns and burning landscapes in Bohemia; a downtown of urban ruins in Beirut; abandoned tin mines in Boliva; bush meat markets in the Congo; toxic waste areas in Louisiana; a farmer’s home burned down by war veterans in Zimbabwe; ravaged rainforests in Ecuador; anarchists battling riot police in Prague; the effects of radioactivity exposure in Chernobyl, hundreds of illegal miners sifting for diamonds in an illegal diamond mine in Angola; a polluted Caspian Sea; caviar poachers at the black market; destroyed rainforests and the Killing Fields in Cambodia; a mother searching for her dead son in Iraq; police standing watch at New York’s bridges and tunnels in a post September 11th society.



ANTONIN KRATOCHVIL (b. 1947, Czechoslovakia) escaped from communist Czechoslovakia when he was twenty years old and made his way towards a life not burdened by “suspicion, paranoia and fear.” He obtained American citizenship in 1976, but for the next two decades he returned again and again to his homeland, each time documenting life, upheaval and the radical changes taking place in the Communist Bloc. During his travels through Albania, Hungary, Poland, Romania, East Germany and the Soviet Union, he was arrested more than twenty times.


Over the past 25 years, his assignments have taken him around the world and on diverse assignments, including war-torn Afghanistan and Rwanda; Tibetan refugees; street kids in Mongolia, Guatemala and Romania; portraits of Beijing and Havana; film actors in New York; the rain forest destruction in the Amazon; air pollution in Silesia; UN programs in Angola; and medical care on Indian reservations in the United States.


His photojournalistic work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Newsweek, Time, Conde Nast Traveler, Geo, Mother Jones, Smithsonian, Time, Natural History and the United Nations Choices magazine. His other books are Broken Dream and Incognito.


He has earned numerous awards including the Infinity Award from the International Center of Photography for the “Journalist of the Year” (1991), the Leica Medal of Excellence for outstanding achievement in documentary (1994), the World Press Photo winner in the Portrait Series (1997), and the Alfred Eisenstadt Award (1998) administered by Columbia University under a grant from Life magazine.


He is a founding member of VII, a cooperative picture agency. The agency is comprised of a group of esteemed photojournalists, including James Nachtwey, Christopher Morris, Alexandra Boulat, Lauren Greenfield, Ron Haviv, Gary Knight, John Stanmeyer, and Joachim Ladefoged.



Michael Persson was once a war correspondent. His essay have appeared in the Harvard university School of Journalism’s Neiman Reports, The American Society for free Speech, and in Rethink: Cause and Sequences of September 11. This is his third collaboration with Kratochvil.






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Apr 8, 2005 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM



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