- Born March 17 in Kolin 1908 -12yrs. old begins studying at the Royal Bohemian
Trade School in Kutna Hora.
1911- Moves to Prague to work as a bookbinder's apprentice.
Begins taking photos.
1915-16 - Fought in and photographed the WW1 on the
Italian front. Lost his right arm.
1917 - Due to his disability he is unable to continue
bookbinding. He concentrates more on photography
. 1920-21 - Becomes member of Prague Society of Amateur
. 1922-24 - Studies photography at Prague Graphic Arts
1922-27 - Photographs veterans at Invalidovna hospital.
1924 - Founding member of the Prague photographic
1926 - Travels to Italy
1927 - Settles in his garden studio
1928 - Photographs the reconstruction of St. Vitus
Cathedral and issues his first album of 10 original photos for the
10th anniversary of Czechoslovakia's existence.
1927-1936 - Works for Druzstevni Prace. Specializing
in portraits, ads, reportage.
1932 - First exhibition in Prague
1940 - Stops enlarging negatives and focuses on contact
1958 - Moves to new studio in Uvoz.
1961- Receives the Title-Artist of Merit. He was
the first photographer so honored by the Czech government.
1966 - Awarded the Order of Work by Czech government.