Jan Pohribný Bio
Jan Pohribný, an artist from Czech Republic, has set out in a different direction. The countryside he makes present in his photographic pictures is merely a product of his imagination. It exists exclusively as a photographic object created for this purpose to be photographically introduced on the scene; it is an artifact, not a piece of nature. His imagination reaches far back to the history of mankind, when arts as an artistic practice was inseparable part of cultic rituals. A cult used to serve varied purposes as well as had the task to reconcile the gods of natural forces. Gods died a nature has to protect itself from human plunder. Pohribný conjures the moments of harmony between man and nature that have never came true. His tool is a photo-camera, not a brush, and in the same way as classical scenery, he uses wide-screen optics to impart the power of the real to the unnatural. In the Netherlands and Germany we may find similar tendencies in photographic art; the Czech artist, however, builds on the tradition of arts and photography of his country and emphasizes fantastic aspects of his landscapes, which sometimes have a character of magical places, as if gods returned and materialized in a dazzling light. People are absent; only photographer’s work – his creation in the form of a picture – is here.

Secondary school for Graphic Arts in Prague (line Applied Photography)

1981–1986 Film and TV Faculty of Accademy of Fine Arts in Prague
(the Department of Artistic Photography)

1985–1986 6 Months study program at University of Applied Arts in Helsinki (FIN)

Since 1986 he works as a free lance photographer-artist. On top of his artistic works he works predominantly in the field of design and illustration photography. He co-operates with a number of leading agencies, companies and magazines at home-country and abroad.
Since 1990 he is a member of Professional Photographers Association and a member of Prague House of Photography, where he acted (1992–1997) as a lector as well as main coordinator at Summer Workshop Program of PHP. Since 2003 he is a meber of its executive board Since 1995 he is a founding member and president of Society for Únětician Culture Renovation. Since 1998 he works as part-time teacher at Silesian University, Institute of Creative Photography. He leads number of workshops home and abroad. Since 2000 he gives regularly the lectures at Polytechnic Art School in Imatra (FIN). In 2006 he was working as artist in residence in Etelä – Savo region in Finland.
Participation in collections
La Mission de la Photographie, Paris (F) Moravská Gallery, Brno (CZ)
Municipal Gallery, Prague (CZ)
Musée de l‘Elysée, Lausanne (CH) Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (USA) Museum of Arts, Benešov u Prahy (CZ) Museum of Arts, Olomouc (CZ)
National Museum of Photography (CZ) Museum of Decorative Arts, Prague (CZ) North Bohemian Museum in Liberec (CZ)
FAMU, Prague (CS)

Gallery Finnfoto, Helsinki (FIN)
Gallery Baszta, Boleslawiec (PL)

Exhibition room Semafor, Prague (CS)
Gallery J.K.Tyla (together with R. Ciglerová), Kutná Hora (CS)

Gallery Nahoře, České Budějovice (CS)
Panský dům (together with M. Nechalová – Fashion Design), Uherský Brod (CS) 1990 – Theater Kruh, Plzeň (CS)

Gallery Brotfabrik, Berlin (D)
County Museum (together with S. Kasalý – Jewellery), Pelhřimov (CS)
M+K Gallery (together with S. Kasalý – Jewellery), Jihlava (CS)

Information and Culture Centre ČSFR, Berlin (D)

Prague House of Photography (together with John C. Hesketh), Prague (CZ) 1993 – Gallery ARS Temporis (together with S. Kasalý – Jewellery), Klagenfurt (A)

County Museum in Benešov u Prahy (CZ)

Gallery Pro Arte Kasper, Morges (CH)
Gallery Ambrosiana, Brno (CZ)
Little Gallery of spořitelna in Kladno (CZ)
Tearoom Miyabi (together with J. Činčera – paper objects), Prague (CZ) 1995 – Gallery IVO (together with J. Činčera – paper objects), Frankfurt a.M. (D)

Gallery G4, Cheb (CZ)

Klenová Castle (together with J. Činčera – paper objects), Klenová (CZ) 1999 – Gallery Opera,Theater Jiřího Myrona, Ostrava (CZ)

Czech Centre New York, N.Y. (USA)

Imatra Culture Centre, Imatra (FIN)
Sovinec Castle, Sovinec (CZ)
Bludov SPA, Bludov (CZ)

IP Deutschland (together with B. Hobusch a N. Rovderová), Köln a.R. (D) 2002 – House of Arts (together with J. Činčera – paper objects), Opava (CZ) 2002 – Culture Club, Film Summer School, Uherské Hradiště (CZ)

Czech National Bank, Prague (CZ)

Jolly Jaunt Gallery, Pec pod Sněžkou (CZ)
Gallery of Artistic Photography, Moravská Třebová (CZ)
Castle’s Gallery Buchlovice, Buchlovice (CZ)

Ambit of Moravian Gallery Brno, Brno (CZ)

Neue Rathaus (together with KamilVarga),Weiden (D)
Gallery G4, Cheb (CZ)
Gallery Fotart, Szczecin (PL)
Atmosphere, Prague (CZ)
Gallery Spodki, Bialystok (PL)

Gallery PlaceM,Tokyo (JAP)
PatriotX, Praha (CZ)
Gallery of Healthy City, Karviná (CZ)

Gallery FOMA, Hradec Králové (CZ)

Gallery Bazilika, České Budějovice (CZ) 2007 – Czech centre, Stockholm (S)

Taidemuseo, Mikkeli (FIN)
Czech centre, Praha (CZ)
National Museum of Photography, Jindřichův Hradec (CZ) 2009 – Gallery U Rytíře, Liberec (CZ)

Collective exhibitions (selected)
11 fotografen aus Prag, Darmstadt, Frankfurt (D)

“Photography”. (3. grade FAMU), Fotochema Gallery, Prague (CS)
Aspects of Czechoslovak Photography,Thackerey+Robertson Gallery, San Francisco (USA) 1984 – Photography from FAMU Prague, Rietveld Academie,Amsterdam (NL)

Fotografie absolventů FAMU, Dům pánů z Kunštátu, Brno (CS)

TheYoung Czech Photography,GalleryAréna,Arles (F)

Fotografie absolventů FAMU, UPM Prague (CS)
Koncentrace, Gallery Finnfoto, Helsinki (FIN)
Art is TEĎ, Fine Room Gallery, London
Contemporary Czech Photography,Aarhus (DK) a SICOF, Milano (I)

Vision, Cheb, Liberec a Brno (CS)
11, Fotochema, Prague (CS)
Czech Photographers, Bruxelles (B)

Tuctová výstava, Gallery Na můstku, Prague (CS)
Stage photography, Fotofest 89, Žďár nad Sázavou (CS)
Junge fotografen aus ČSSR, Gallery TKK, Berlin (D)
37, Junior klub Na Chmelnici, Prague (CS)
Czechoslovak November, Mánes, Prague,Wien (A), Lausanne (CH)

Czech Symbolism, ÚLUV, Prague (CS)
Tchécoslovaquie a Arles, R.I.P. Arles (F)

Plastic Photography, Fotobiennale Enschede (NL)
The Real and Reproduced, Gallery 410, Lowell (USA)
Mystery in Photography, Gallery 4, Cheb (CS)
44×44, Schloss Greifenhorst, Krefeld (D)

Česk. Foto, Espace des Arts, Les Pavillons Sous Bois (F)
What‘s New: Prague,The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago (USA)

Landscape, Česká spořitelna, Prague (CZ)
Cajthaml, Fárová, Pohribný – Showcentre of Ahrend Co., Prague (CZ)

Displacement and Change, Bangor,Wales (GB)
15 Czech and Slovak Photographers,The Photography Gallery, Perth (AUS)
Czech Photography 1985-1994, Mánes Gallery, Prague (CZ)
Hotel Europa, FotoGallery in der Brotfabrik, Berlin (D),Warszawa (PL), Odense (DK)
Prague 5 Generation,Wien (A)
Landscape again, Nová síň, Prague (CZ)
Sea, French Institut, Prague (CZ)

Sea, Gallery Neobrom, Brno (CZ)

Malostranská fotografie, Obecní Gallery Beseda, Prague (CZ)
Czech Photography of the 1990‘s, Skopelos (GR)
Certainity and Searching in Czech Photography of the 1990s, Prague Castle, Prague(CZ)
Czech/Slovak Photography, Gallery SPAZI, Housatonic (USA)

Certainity and Searching in Czech Photography of the 1990s, Dům umění, Brno (CZ)
My Intuitive Theater, Stuart Levy Fine Art, New York (USA)
Halle meets Prag, Hotel Schweizer Hof, Halle (D)
Certainity and Searching in Czech Photography of the 1990s, Month of Photo, Bratislava (SK) 1998 – Malá Strana současnosti, Obecní galerie Beseda, Prague (CZ)

Czech Photography, Fotogalerie am Hesingforserplatz, Berlin (D)

Czech Photography of the 1990‘s, Chicago Culture Center, Chicago (USA)
Advertising 1990-99, Národní technické muzeum, Prague (CZ)

Living Space, Míčovna Pražského Hradu a Galerie J. Frágnera, Prague (CZ)

Masopust, Central Czech Museum, Roztoky u Prahy (CZ)
With The Tradition in The Background (Photographers from Prague), BWA,Wroclaw (PL)
Experimental landscape, North Bohemian Museum, Liberec(CZ)
Pedagogues of Institute of Creative Photography, Dům umění, Opava (CZ)

Masopust at Roztoky, Komorní Gallery of Josef Sudek, Prague (CZ)
Pedagogues of Institute of Creative Photography, Gallery Opera, Ostrava (CZ)
Czech and Slovak Photography of the 80‘s. and 90‘s, Museum of Arts, Olomouc (CZ)
Qualified European Photographer, District museum, Jindřichův Hradec (CZ)
Living Space, Fragner Gallery, Prague (CZ)

Stone, Institut Cultural de México, Miami (USA)
Another Landscape, House of Photography, Poprad; Gallery P.M. Bohuňa, Liptovský mikuláš (SK) 2003 – Look the Light, Moravian Gallery, Brno (CZ)

Landscape of of Professional Photographers Association, Národní muzeum fotografie, Jindřichův Hradec; Theatre Archa, Praha; (CZ)

Od země přes kopec do nebe …, GVU Litoměřice (CZ)
Czech photography of 20. century, Municipal Library, Prague, (CZ)

Decuria (10 QEP photographers from Czech republic), Senát ČR, Prague; Gallery G4, Cheb (CZ) 2006 – Tina b. (Project room), National Gallery – Veletržní palác, Prague (CZ)
Krajina pedagogů ITF, Letní filmová škola, Uherské Hradiště (CZ)

D’une rive á l’autré, Les Ursulines, Quimperlé (F)
Z jedno břehu na druhý, Galerie G4, Cheb (CZ)
Act of Faith, 14th Noorderlicht Photofestival, Groningen (NL)
Brainworks 2, Gallery 00130, Helsinki (FIN)

The Choice of Professional Photographers Association, Gallery Diamant, Prague (CZ)
La Strada, Gallery Karlovy Vary (CZ)

Ctnosti, součást veletrhu Pražské brány, Sjezdový palác, Praha (CZ)
Tschechische Fotografie des 20. Jahrhunderts. Kunst- und Ausstellungshalle der Bundesrepublik Deutschland, Bonn.
Brainworks 2,The Anatomy of Sorrow.Taidemuseo, Mikkeli, Finsko
37 fotografů na Chmelnici po dvaceti letech, Palác Akropolis, Praha

Výběr Asociace profesionálních fotografů, Gallery Diamant, Prague (CZ)
La Strada 2010, Novoměstská radnice, Praha;Velká synagoga, Plzeň; Castle Klenová (CZ)

Award of City Arles, R.I.P. Arles (F), 1990
2. prize in Czech Press Photo,Art and Culture Category, Prague (CZ), 1995
2. prize in Czech Press Photo, Nature and Enviroment Category, Prague (CZ), 1997 3. prize in Czech Press Photo,Art and Culture Category, Prague (CZ), 2001
Title Qualified European Photographer, by FEP, Brussel (B), 2001
Residence-ship and projects
1994 – Displacement and change, Bangor,Wales (UK)
2005-06 – Etelä Savo, Finland
1990-2007 – Magic Stones, megalitic art in Europe

Publications,Articles (selected)
A. Uimonen: Ensineet letävät ranalla, Helsingin Sanomat, 7.5. 1986 J. Pacek:Tři cykly Jana Pohribného, Čs. fotografie 7/87, p. 304
/pl/: Fotografie jiným pohledem – J. Pohribný, Magazín MF 2/87
B. Kovaříková: J. Pohribný,Tvorba 15/88
A. Fárová: „11“,catalogue for the exhibition in Gallery Foma, Prague, 1986 M. Rooksová: La fantasie en couleurs J. Pohribný, La Vie 1/90
/ds/: Místa přistání, Svět v obrazech 20/91, p. 24–27
/an/: Magische Lichtspuren, Berliner Zeitung, 15.5. 1991
/rola/: Surreale fotografien,Taz Berlin, 16.5.1991
P. Olszowka: Filme ohne kino, Der Tagesspiegel, 22.5. 1991
M. Pacina: J. Pohribný – Nová doba kamenná, Fotografie 8/91, p. 29–32
P. Olschewski: Landschaft als Inszenierung (Workshop mit J. Pohribný), Photographie 4/92, p. 50–53
Vl. Rohan: Pohribného Stone Art, text for the exhibition in Prague House of Photography,April 1993 P.Volf: kultura, MF Dnes, 17.4. 1993
S.E. Pastor: kultura, Lidová demokracie, 19.4. 1993
S.E. Pastor: Za dvorkem – Původní cesta do Ameriky, Fotografie 5/93, p. 21–28
J. Kroutvor: Fotografické rituály Jana Pohribného,Atelier 10/93, p. 5
J. Moucha: PHP: John C. Hesketh, Jan Pohribný atd., Revue fotografie 2/93
P.Volf: Kámen jako nevyčerpatelné poselství, Playboy 7/94, p. 18–19
/jlg/:Visions fantastiques, La Côte, 22.2. 1995, p. 7
FB: Photos et peintures, Journal de Morges No 15, 24.2. 1995
V.Ambroz: Nová doba kamenná,Atelier 12/95, p. 7
M. Janata: Duchovní kadlub numinózních krajin, Atelier 12/95, p. 7
A. Pohribný:Where the ways of actions meet, text for the exhibition in gallery IVO Frankfurt a.M., December 1995
J. Pecák: Objekty v prostoru, Fotografie magazín 2/96, p. 17–26
P. Klazarová: Mezi nebem a zemí, Domov 4/97, p. 40–42
M. Janata: Krajina jako hra božských a profánních sil, Atelier 12/97, p. 5
N. Rovderová: Halle meets Prag, text k výstavě v Halle, říjen 1997, p. 22
M. Fišer: „Jan Činčera a Jan Pohribný“, text for the exhibition in gallery Klenová, July 1998
J. Pohribný: „New Stone Age“,Aperture 152, fall 1998, p. 68-73
T. Pospěch: Pohribný a Fekar do hradu patří, MF Dnes, 29.8. 2000
R. Fryšarová: Jan Pohribný, Foto Video 11/2000, p. 12 – 15
K. Honnef: Gespräche mit Göttern und Geistern, catalogue for the exhibition in IP Deutschland, 5/2001, M. Bharathi:The Dream Weaver (Interview with J. Pohribný), Better Photography No.9, 2/2002, p. 32 – 39 L. Liebovich: Jan Pohribny: Photographs of the Spiritual Realm,research projec,Northwestern University’s Art History Program in Chicago, Illinois, USA
Špánek Petr: Jan Pohribný, Digitální foto 11/07
Volf Petr: Kamenná posedlost, REFLEX 47/2007 – vyšlo 22. 11. 2007
Dvořáková Barbara: Magické kameny, Šarm (SK)
Heller Jiří: Magické kameny Jana Pohribného, fotografovani.cz
Hawthorn: Magic Stones, Druidnetwork
Burnham Andy:Win the new Magic Stones, Megalithic Portal
Guryča Richard:V hodině mezi psem a vlkem (rozhovor s Janem Pohribným), Fotografie magazín 5/2008, s.
Pillai Samira:The Illusionist, Better Photogaphy, 3/2010, p. 92-97

Encyklopedy of Czech and Slovak Photographers, author‘s team,ASCO Prague, 1993, p. 276 Certainity and Searching in Czech Photography of the 1990s,V. Birgus a M.Vojtěchovský, Kant, 1996, Who is who in Czech Republic,Agentura Kdo je kdo, 2000
Jan Pohribný, Sites of Initiation,Antonín Dufek, Moravian gallery, 2004
Magic Stones, Jan Pohribný and Julian Richards, Merrell Publishers, London, 2007
Jan Pohribný, Searchiong for the Light; texts by T. Pospěch and P. Hyvönen, NMF 2008
Jan Pohribný, Creative Light; Zoner Press, Brno, 2011
Media (TV etc.)
J. Pohribný, Prology, 12 min Profile, dir. O. Schmidt, Czech TV 2, 15.11. 1997
Jan Činčera a Jan Pohribný na Klenové, Salon český, interview, red. I. Sekyra, ČT 2, 10.9. 1998 Kulturní mozaika, 7.11. 07, Český rozhlas 3 – Vltava
Host do domu – Jan Pohribný, 11-11.40 h.,10.12. 07, Český rozhlas 2 – Praha
Magické kameny Jana Pohribného / Tajemný svět prastarých megalitů (26.01.2008) Víkendová příloha Český rozhlas 3 – Vltava
His Own Texts, Scripts, Exhibition Concepts
Taras Kuščynskyj, One man Show, Staroměstská radnice, Prague, 1987
“Fotografovat znamená pro mne žít”, Script for radio broadcast about Taras Kuščynskyj, Czech Radio, 1989
Lecture „Czech documentary photography 1968-2003“, I. Biennal of photography, Imatra (FIN) Lecture „Advertising versus free art“, 5. Fórum digitální fotografie, Praha (CZ)
Exhibition Landscape of Professional Photographers Association, (together with R. Jung), 2004 (CZ)
Exhibition Landscape of Students from ITF, Kabinet fotografie House of Arts, Opava, 2005
SISU – Strong images from Finland, Gallery G4, Cheb (CZ), 2006
Tree people (Ritva Kovalainen, Sanni Seppo), House of Arts in Opava and Gallery Bartoloměj, Cheb (CZ), 2008
First European Congress of Professional Photographers,Valencia, Španělsko, February 2008 – lecture by Jan Pohribný:Art photogrpahy versus commercial photography?
Reviews and texts for magazines Fotografie, Domov, Koktejl, Photo-Video, DIGI photo etc.