Lhoták /1949/ graduated from FAMU (the
Film & Television Faculty of the Academy of Musical Arts) in
1985 in the field of artistic photography, and has since 1979 been
an independent photographer; he lives in Prague.
In 1986 he was awarded second prize in the sports serial category of the World
Press Photo competition for his series "Spartakiada". From 1997 to
1998 he headed the photographic atelier of the Arts Institute of the J.E.Purkyneˇ
University in Ústí nad Labem. He is a member of the state examination board at
FAMU and at the FUUD of the J.E.Purkyneˇ University, as well as of the administrative
boards of the Czech Association of Professional Photographers and the Mánes Arts
Club. In 2003 he received a prestigious QEP quality certificate from the Federation
of European Professional Photographers in the field of food photography.
His interest in independent photography is divided between two themes: in the
area of documentary photography he concentrates on the sociological problems
surrounding sports at the highest level (the "Sparta" and "Spartakiáda" cycles)
and the problem of the unique Tibetan culture devastated by Chinese occupation.
He participated in two photographic workshops at the Kladno Mines and Poldi Steel.
His documentary collection "America" arose out of residences in Houston
and New York in the framework of Photofest 1990.
Lhoták's subjective documentary from his most recent Asian travels diverge from
classical photo-reporting. The value of the colour images from Nepal entitled "UNITED
COLORS OF NEPAL" is more on the level of the emotional than the descriptive;
the wildly hued compositions of the expressive detail of Hindu and Buddhist temples
act through their purity of symbolism to reflect exotic cultures.
In artistic photography Zdeněk Lhoták concentrates on the human body. In his
as-yet-unfinished cycle "Self portrait", he has since 1989 considered
in ever simpler form the details of his own body, shifting from monochrome to
colour scales. Within the framework of this cycle he has recently installed photographs
of life-size figures attached to sheet metal in real interiors. In 2002, in collaboration
with the artist Jiří Sozanský, a collection of computer-enhanced montages was
created entitled "Signs of Power - in honour of Jan Zahradníček".