Jan Šibík 1989, a photography exhibition now running in Prague, brings to life some of the most dramatic moments of that momentous period. Šibík, who was then in his mid-20s, succeeded in capturing the police brutality that sparked the Velvet Revolution – as well as events that foreshadowed and followed it.
Czech and American officials have organised a commemorative event to mark the tenth anniversary of 9-11 on Sunday at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Černínský Palác) at 6 p.m. Headlining the programme will be the classic Czech underground band Plastic People of the Universe. An exhibition of photographs by Jan Šibík showing the aftermath of the attacks in New York will be on display, as will a new exhibit on Czech contributions to reconstruction efforts in Afghanistan. The event is being organised by the Czech Foreign and Defence Ministries in cooperation with the American Center and is open to the public.
Two Czech documentary makers were interrogated for several days after being arrested by police in Iran, the news website idnes.cz reported. Martin Šíma and Jan Šibík, who is best known as a photographer, were in the country making a film about a lawyer defending a woman condemned to death. They were arrested last month after recording some shots of young people in a park. Both are now back in the Czech Republic.
Jan Sibik has long been considered one of the Czech Republic's most important photojournalists, a photographer who has worked in some of the world's most tortured areas. Futility, pain, loss and injustice all come to the forefront in Sibik's work - whether his focus is on the human actors and victims in war-torn parts of Africa or the former Soviet bloc. The subject matter - at times - is shocking. As Prague's Lord Mayor Pavel Bem said at the opening of Sibik's newest exhibit "Stories" at the Old Town Hall this week, the photographer allows us to