Antonín Kratochvíl

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Kratochvíl in 2017 during FotoArtFestival

Antonín Kratochvíl (also written Antonin Kratochvil) (born 1947) is a Czech-born American photojournalist. He is a founding member of VII Photo Agency.

Life and work[edit]

Kratochvíl was born in 1947 in Litoměřice, Czechoslovakia. He gained a BFA in Photography from Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam.

He has photographed Mongolia's street children for the magazine of the American Museum of Natural History and the Iraq War for Fortune.[citation needed]

He was suspended from VII Photo Agency in 2017 after sexual harassment allegations were made.[1] He continued to deny they happened.[2]

Sarah K. Stanley, in an essay on Kratochvíl's book Vanishing, called it "a unique compilation of images by a photographer who is distinguished by his great sensitivity to the plight of humans beings and animal species seeking survival in endangered habitats."[3]


Publications by Kratochvíl[edit]

  • Broken Dream: 20 Years of War in Eastern Europe. New York: Monacelli, 1997. ISBN 9781885254788.
  • Incognito. Santa Fe, NM: Arena, 2001. ISBN 9781892041456. With a short introduction by Billy Bob Thornton and an interview by Mark Jacobson.
  • Sopravvivere. Milan: F. Motta, 2001. ISBN 9788871793191. Catalog of an exhibition held at the Galleria Grazia Neri, Milan.
  • Antonin Kratochvil. FotoTorst series no. 12. Prague: Torst, 2003. ISBN 9788072152001. English and Czech.
  • Vanishing. New York: de.MO, 2005. ISBN 978-0970576835.
  • Persona: Portraits. Slovart, 2006. ISBN 978-8072097838. With an introduction by Michael Persson.

Publications with contributions by Kratochvíl[edit]


  • 1991 Infinity Award: Photojournalist of the Year, International Center of Photography.
  • 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.


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