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Ondrej Pycha

Ondrej Pycha

Photography

Biography, cooperation and works

Born on May 26th 1975 in Prague

1990–94 Secondary School of Graphic Arts, Hellichova street, Prague, Department of Applied Photography.

During my studies I started specializing in portrait photographing, and thanks to my great love for music I started taking pictures of musicians and their world. My first series of the Czech rockabilly scene was published in Rock&Pop. Later on, I started working for all the musical magazines in the Czech Republic. Besides portraits and photo-series from concerts, still as a student, I took pictures for the first CD covers for Czech bands and singers.

Having finished my studies, I became a freelance photographer. I have continued to specialize in portraits, especially of Czech and global celebrities, musicians as well as actors, directors and sportspeople.

I have taken pictures for over 100 CD covers, for instance for Lucie, Lucie Bílá, Chinaski, Anna K., Lenka Filipová, Black Milk, Sexy Dancers, Dara Rolins, JAR, Jiří Suchý. My greatest success probably as when a picture I took was used for the cover of the first DVD of the American singer Alanis Morissette in 1998.

Many of my pictures have been used for magazine cover pages (Instinkt, Cinema, Rolling Stone, Beverage, Story, Spy, Bravo, Markíza, Mladý svět). I have also published in most of the Czech periodicals, dailies included (especially in MF Dnes).

In 2002, my profile was included in the book of Personalities of the Czech Fashion and Advertising Photography, together with another 11 Czech and Slovak photographers (including Tono Stano, Jan Saudek and others).

My first independent exhibition took place in October and November 2003 at the Art Factory Galler on Wenceslas Square in Prague. Currently, it is displayed at the Z Gallery in Zichy Palace in Bratislava, and on January 22 it will be opened at the Bar Archa Gallery in Plzeň (Veleslavínova 22). This exhibition is a selection from my works of the past seven years, including many yet unpublished pictures. A special set of photographs made exclusively for this exhibition can be seen there, too. It is pictures of personalities who otherwise reject being photographed as for instance Iva Bittová, Tomáš Rosický, Jan Svěrák, and Jiří Schmitzer.