Nov 15, 2004 12:00 AM - Jan 4, 2005 12:00 AM
“Václav Havel: Dissident–President–Citizen”–photographs by Oldřich Škácha
Exhibition at the Czech Center. Monday, November 15 at 5 pm. On view through January 4, 2005.
Opening Monday, November 15 at 5 pm
On view through January 4, 2005
Tue, Wed, and Fri, 9 am–5 pm; Thu, 9 am–7 pm
The Czech Center New York
1109 Madison Avenue (at 83rd St.)
The Czech Center presents an exhibition of photos by Oldřich Škácha featuring Václav Havel, the former president of the Czech Republic. Oldřich Škácha has been Havel's personal photographer for more than 30 years. His camera captured the activities of independent intellectuals during the glorious Prague Spring of 1968; the period of Charter 77, a human rights manifesto; and Havel’s life after 1989.
From the thousands of pictures that I have in my archive, I have chosen a few to bring across the ocean for you to see. I do not present them as art or as rare expensive artifacts. They are just plain pictures that anyone can hang up on the wall. Václav Havel is not exactly Marilyn Monroe, but, sometimes, he is lovely to look at.
Oldřich Škácha was born in 1941 in Prague. He studied photography at the State Graphic Institute in Prague and after finishing his studies worked as a photojournalist for a number of Czechoslovak and foreign publications. In 1969 his journalistic activities were banned by the Communist government and he joined a group of dissidents led by Václav Havel and other prominent Czech intellectuals. Since the Velvet Revolution in 1990, he has worked as a freelancer for the Office of the President. Škácha currently works for a number of Czech publications and is engaged in photographing Czech political and cultural personalities. His work has been exhibited worldwide, including in Austria, Croatia, Denmark, Turkey, France, and the United States.
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From: Nov 15, 2004 12:00 AM
To: Jan 4, 2005 12:00 AM