Czech Press Photo opens a new gallery

The Czech Photo Centre will create a new space for artworks

A new photo gallery run by Czech Press Photo, the company that organizes the domestic photojournalism competition, opened in Prague's Nové Butovice district. The Czech Photo Centre has a photograph archive and facilities for exhibition and study. The first exhibition in the gallery is a collection of photos called Questions Without Answers from the VII Photo Agency. The photographs show moments in world history since the end of the Cold War to the present. Czech Press Photo will also soon be announcing the nominations for this year's Czech Press Photo awards.

VII Photo Agency was established in 2001 and has offices in New York, Los Angeles and Paris. Its name comes from the number of photojournalists who started the agency. Member of the agency include Czech photographer Antonín Kratochvíl. He, Ron Haviv and Ed Kashi were on the jury of this year's Czech Press Photo competition.

The photojournalism competition has been held regularly since 1995. Photographers compete in eight categories, and from 2013 there have been two categories for video.

The competition is usually dominated by domestic political themes. Recently, the winning photos have come from abroad. Last year the winning photos was by Jan Zátorský of Czech newspaper Mladá fronta Dnes showing refugees on the Hungarian-Serbian border.

The organizers will announce the nominations for this year's winners Oct. 17 and then announce the winners at an award ceremony Nov. 21 at the Old Town Hall.

This year's international jury is already meeting at the new center in Nové Butovice. “The goal is to create an art zone outside the city center and yet in close to a metro station, where in a public space artworks can cause people to think,” Veronika Souralová, director of the Czech Photo Centre said.

The courtyard of the center has a 12 meter statue by David Černý called Trifot, which is a stainless depiction of a monster made of various types of cameras on tripod legs. It represents the evolution of photography over several decades.

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