Vladimír Birgus


Born in Frýdek-Místek on 5 May 1954.

Completed Literary, Theatre and Film Studies at Faculty of Philosophy, Palacký University, Olomouc (1978, Ph.D. in 1980), and simultaneously a programme in Photography at Film and Televsion Faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts (FAMU), Prague (1974-78).

Appointed Research Assistant in 1978, Associate Professor in 1994, and Professor (1994) at the Department of Still Photography, FAMU, in 1998-2002 was Head of its History and Theory of Photography Section. Directed the Czech Photographers’ Union Institute of Art Photography from 1982, and the Institute of Creative Photography, Faculty of Philosophy and Science, Silesian University, Opava, since 1990.

Member of the European Society for the History of Photography since 2001. Czech Editor for the Imago journal and Chief Editor of Listy o fotografii; writes regularly for the Mladá fronta Dnes and Hospodářské noviny daily and journals Ateliér, Fotograf, Fotografie Magazín, Photonews, European Photography, Kwartalnik Fotografia, Portfolio, etc. Member of the Prague House of Photography.

Wife Darina (1959), son Daniel (1991), daughter Helena (1994).

download BARCELONA, 2002