Viktor Kolář is the Czech Republic's most important urban photographer, and is especially famed for his photo-chronicles of his hometown of Ostrava. Kolář brings a politicized existentialism to the "decisive moment" principle, recording traces of civic alienation and anthropologically telling scenarios. Kolář is the only Czech photographer to have received the Mother Jones International Photography Award (1991).
Czech Photography of the 20th Century, published simultaneously in Czech and English versions, is the first book to present the main trends, figures, and works of Czech photography from the beginning to the end of the last century to such a large extent. Its 517 plates include not only the most important, well-known photographs and photomontages, but also works that have long been forgotten or are published for the first time. The book is arranged in seventeen chapters, supplemented with chronologies of the most important events in twentieth-century Czech photography and history.