Born in 1967, Jiri Jiroutek achieved his higher education at the institute of creative photography of Silesian University in Opava, Czech Republic. Since becoming a professional he specializes in portraits in photography for advertising, architecture and culinary design.
Born in 1967, Jiri Jiroutek achieved his higher education at the institute of creative photography of Silesian University in Opava, Czech Republic. Since becoming a professional he specializes in portraits in photography for advertising, architecture and culinary design. Several exhibitions were dedicated to him since 1996 in the Czech Republic and in France. He has notably participated in the Summer of Portraits in Bourbon Lancy in France.
He is member of the Association of Professional Photographers of the Czech Republic and the European Federation of Photography. From the FEP, he has received the Qualified European Photographer title for his series of portraits which he presents here for us.
The Cycle of Artists (Cyklus Umelci) is an open project establishing a photographic inventory of active people on the Czech art scene. They are sculptors, photographers, architects, writers, etc... The names are Pistek Teodor, Janacek Milan, Komarak Vladimir, Vaclav Havel, etc... All are represented by a black and white portrait taken in their working environment.
"The unifying momentum is a black and white portrait of the artist themselves in the environment in which they work. I try to catch typical signs in both the face and the hands of the subject whose portrait I am taking (the idea, formed in the mind, and made concrete with the hands). I strictly avoid artificially lit scenes, or indeed any kind of arranging of the subject, my only condition is that the portrait includes both the head and the hands. I use a tripod on account of the long exposure times which forces the subject to adopt a comfortable position in which they can remain for the duration of the exposure. In the spring of 2009 I am planning an exhibition in the Kampa Gallery of approximately 40 portraits of well known Czech artists, whose work is represented in the permanent collection of this renowned gallery in Sovových mlýnech (Owl's mill), in Prague, run by Meda and Jana Mládkových."