Václav Chochola

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Václav Chochola [ ˈvaːtslaf ˈxɔxɔla ] (born January 30, 1923 in Prague , Czech Republic ; † August 27, 2005 there ) was a Czech photographer.


Václav Chochola began taking photos as a schoolboy and published the first pictures in 1940. He worked early on with well-known colleagues such as Karel Ludwig , Zdenek Tmej and Karel Hájek , Kamil Lhoták , František Hudeček , Jiří Kolář , Zdeněk Seydl and František Tichý , who founded Group 42 during the Second World War .

Chochola was best known for his portraits, which rank among the European-American photo classics. He portrayed Pier Paolo Pasolini , Jean-Louis Barrault and Salvador Dalí , among others . In addition, photographs of his homeland are among his best-known works, especially pictures from occupied Prague during the Second World War .

Chochola clashed with the communist leadership of his country several times, among other things because of critical images from North Vietnam and because he expressed his sympathy with the Prague Spring movement .

Václav Chochola died at the age of 82 in a Prague hospital after a long and serious illness.

Works (selection)

  • Ingeborg Lanner (translator): Václav Chochola . Artia Publishing House, Prague 1961 (illustrated book)
  • Horses . Süddeutscher Verlag, Munich 1959 (illustrated book, together with Zdeněk Tmej ).
  • Aleš Kuneš u. a. (Ed.): Václav Chochola (Fototorst; Vol. 14). Torst Verlag Prague 2004, ISBN 80-7215-210-6 .
  • Jiři Kolář (Ed.): Václav Chochola. Photography from 1940-1960 (master of photography). Prague 1961 (exhibition catalog).


  • Noční chodec (Night Runner ), July 2 - September 28, 2008, Prague Castle .

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