INsight Artist, 2011
“Photography for me is a way of getting my own pain out. It is pointing a finger and accusing” —Antonin Kratochvil
Antonin Kratochvil is one of the founders of VII photo agency. As a photojournalist Kratochvil has sunk his teeth into his fair share of upheaval and human catastrophes while passionately pursuing his documentation of the time in which he lives. Kratochvilʼs own refugee life has often mirrored what he has rendered on ﬁlm. Kratochvil has received numerous awards including the three First Prize World Press Photo Awards, Medal from the City of Prague for Photography awarded by the Mayor of Prague, Alfred Eisenstadt Award for Eyewitness Essay for Life Magazine, A Lucie Award for Outstanding Achievement in Photojournalism and numerous others. In addition, Kratochvil has published many books including: Broken Dream: 20 Years of War in Eastern Europe, Vanishing, a collection of natural and human phenomena that are on the verge of extinction and Afterlife, the story of an old woman who refuses to leave her farm in the exclusion zone in Chernobyl.