Antonín Kratochvíl

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Antonín Kratochvíl (or Antonin Kratochvil; born 1947, Litoměřice, Czechoslovakia) is a Czech-born American photojournalist. He is a founding member of the VII Photo Agency. He received his BFA in Photography from Gerrit Rietveld Academie which is located in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Kratochvil has photographed a wide variety of subjects, including Mongolia's street children for the Museum of Natural History and the war in Iraq for Fortune Magazine. He has three sons – Michael Kratochvíl and Wayne Anthony Cooper Kratochvil who are also photographers.

Awards and Grants[edit]

He has received numerous grants and awards for his photography, most recently the 2005 Lucie Award for Outstanding Achievement in Photojournalism and the 2005 Golden Light Award for Best Documentary Book.


  • 1991 Infinity Award: Photojournalist of the Year
  • 1994 Leica Medal of Excellence for Outstanding Achievement in Documentary Photography
  • 1994 Dorothy Lange Prize
  • 1994 Ernst Haas Working Grant
  • 1995 Hasselblad Foundation Grant for Photography
  • 1995 Ernst Haas Award
  • 1997 Gold Medal for Photography from Society of Publishing Designers
  • 1997 First Prize, World Press Photo Portrait Series, Amsterdam.
  • 1997 (Eissie) Alfred Eisenstadt Award for 3Eyewitness Essay2 Life Magazine.


  • 2000 Gold ARC Award for Best Annual Report, NGO Category, for Rockefeller Foundation 1999 Annual Report.
  • 2003 First Prize World Press Photo Amsterdam (2 awards same year)
  • Medal from the City of Prague for Photography
  • 2005 Lucie Award for Outstanding Achievement in Photojournalism
  • 2005 Golden Light Award for Best Documentary Book for the book Vanishing


He has released five books.

  • Broken Dream: 20 Years of War in Eastern Europe (1997)
  • Antonin Kratochvil (2003)
  • Incognito (2001)
  • Supravvivere (2001)
  • Vanishing (2005)

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