THOMAS SVOBODA - PHOTOGRAPHER
Born on March 26, 1963 in Karlovy Vary, Czechoslovakia.
In 1976 he immigrates in the Netherlands and settles in Amsterdam. After his studies at the Art school in The Hague, with a major in experimental film, he accidentally ends up in Perth, Australia, where he spends one year.
Upon his return to the Netherlands, he tirelessly continues to travel to the most remote areas of Africa and Asia. He cooperates with the Dutch state television and regional Amsterdam television network.
In 1993 he returns to Prague. As a photojournalist alongside former President Vaclav Havel and former Prime Minister Vaclav Klaus, he assists several State Visits (ex. India, Thailand, United Arab Emirates, the Holy See, Australia, New Zealand, the Philippines, China, Japan). He contributes with his photographs to several magazines in the Czech Republic. At this time he creates the documentary “Vaclav Havel traveling”.
He moves to Paris in 1996 and works for the renowned agency Gamma. His series of photographs from Africa, New Guinea and Mexico, or of Spanish fiestas are published across the world. In the year 2000 he returns to live and work in Prague. He has two sons.
Between 2004-2005 works as a personal photographer of President of the Czech Republic Václav Klaus covering his State Visits.
In 2006 lives and works as a freelance photographer in Prague and Stockholm.
2011 moves back to Prague, where he works as a photographer and a independent photo jouurnalist.
Since 2015 works as a photojournalist with the main Czech newspaper MfD.
Has two sons.
PUBLICATIONS - AWARDS & EXHIBITIONS
Thomas Svoboda – “Celebrations”, PhotoArt 2008
Thomas Svoboda – “Photographs”, Poznan, Poland 2003
Thomas Svoboda – “Opus Vivendi”, Helios Exprint S.A. CZ 2000
Thomas Svoboda – “Angels and Cemeteries”, revue K (edited by Jiří Kolář), Paris 1985
Photoagency Gamma, Paris
Photoreportages on diverse themes published across the world, 1997-
1996 Winner of the prestigious contest Photographs on CD-ROM, CD-Photobler, Prague
1994 Gold Metal as a token of personal gratitude by H.M.S the Queen Sirkit of Thailand, Bangkok
INDIVIDUAL EXHIBITIONS (the most important ones)
2016 ,,Chernobyl, 30 years after the disaster“, State office for nuclear safety, Prague, Czech republic
2015 ,,India”, Bombay Bar Prague, Czech Republic
2011 “The Infinite Beauty Of Decay”, Czech cultural center, Stockholm, Sweden
2009 “The Sound Of Silence”, Museum of Photography, Sundsvall, Sweden
“The Sound Of Silence”, Hotel Klockargarden, Tällberg, Sweden
“The Sound Of Silence”, slideshow, Peace and Love Rock Festival, Sweden
“Czech landscape”, Skara Cathedral, Sweden
2008 “Czech landscape”, Czech Tourism, Cafe Opera, Stockholm, Sweden
2007 “Czech landscape through the eyes of Thomas Svoboda”, Czech cultural center, Rome, Italy
2006 “Woman of Northern Korea”, National gallery, Prague, Czech republic
“Václav Havel travelling”, Czech cultural center, Warsaw, Poland
2005 “Colours of Life”, Czech Cultural Centre, Moscow, Russia
“Colours of Life”, Jindřišská Tower, Prague, Czech republic
2003 “Colours of Life”, Zamek Kultury, Poznan, Poland
“Papua New Guinea”, Interkamera, Prague, Czech republic
“People from Sahara”, Náprstkovo muzeum, Prague, Czech republic
2002 “India”, Gallery Cerná Labut, Prague, Czech republic
2001 “Spain, Spain!”, Gallery Leica, Prague, Czech republic
1999 “Southern Algeria”, Algerian Cultural Center, Paris, France
1998 “Photographs”, Hotel Sofitel, Algers, Algeria
“Experimental Works”, Gallery le Pont Neuf, Paris, France
1996 “Václav Havel Traveling”, Czech Center, Moscow, Russia
“Václav Havel Traveling”, Czech Center, Kiev, Ukraine
GROUP EXHIBITIONS (the most important ones)
2011 “Spare time”, National gallery, Veletrzni palac, Prague, Czech republic
2008 International Triennial of Contemporary Art, National gallery, Prague, Czech Republic
2005 “Colours of Life”, Gallery Mistec, Kiev, Ukraine
1994 “Czech Photography 1989-94”, Gallery Manes, Prague
1992 “Czechoslovak Photography in Exile”, Gallery Manes, Prague
1991 “Gkf”, Stedelijk museum, Amsterdam
1983 “Portraits”, Gallery Adrian van der Haeve, Amsterdam