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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 workEdit

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]

While focusing his lens on the disempowerment of others, he "sexually harassed female photojournalists" and groped several women, according to reports.

"Without warning, Kratochvil slid his hand between her buttocks, she says, and pushed it forward until he was touching her vagina over her clothing. He held his hand there for several seconds, she says. She froze until he removed his hand and then she walked away," according to one account.

"I bet you like to be fucked in the ass," he told another woman, and later kissed her on the mouth against her will.

He was suspended from VII Photo Agency in 2017 after the allegations were made. He continued to deny they happened.

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."[1]


Publications by KratochvílEdit

  • 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 KratochvílEdit


  • 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.


  1. ^ Stanley, Sarah K. (Sep 2005). "First Day of Remorse". Afterimage.

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