11. 11. 2010 - 30. 12. 2010
Photographer Jaroslav Kučera is a sensitive and contemplative documentarist, but at the same moment also a full-blooded and agile reporter.
However, the Black-and-White (Černobíle) exposition accentuates his non-reportorial, free production. Kučera has been a walker for forty years, who is interested in „small“ people and their everydayness. At the same time he captures the dramatically changing environment, in which people live – Prague streets, sneak-holes, passageways and restaurants. It is an exhibition about meetings and passings. About ceremonies and everydayness.
Exhibition curator: Josef Chuchma
He was born on 19 December 1946 in the village of Ředhošť in the Litoměřice district. From 1962 until 1966 he studied at Secondary School of Civil Engineering in Mělník. In 1967 he commenced studies at College of Civil Engineering at the Czech Technical University in Prague, where he also lived at the Strahov campus. In the same year he took an active part in the students´ demonstrations that were a harbinger of the Prague Spring of 1968. At the Strahov campus he became a co-founder of the Strahov Fotoklub, from which later arose some known photographers ( Miroslav Machotka, Zdeněk Lhoták, Eva Hejdová ).
In 1973 he completed his studies and became a civil engineer. Immediately after the state examinations he started to earn his living as a „freelance“ photographer.
During the normalization period he was taking photohraphs for some magazines and state enterprises. Following the velvet revolution he stood at the emergence of the Signum Photographic Group, and in 1996 he became a member of Bilderberg Hamburg agency.
In 2006 he founded the Jakura publishing.