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Petra Skoupilová

Petra Skoupilová (1944 in Brno) studies reproduction photography. Skoupilová is from 70years, one of the main Czech photographers of fashion, actors and musicians. Through her work as a secretary in the music company Supraphon she started photographing alternative fashion shows at Bertramka in Prague. 1984 she started as a free lance photographer. Petra Skoupilová always balanced her gradual foray into professional photography with personal work in which she focused woman as a personality – photogenic attributes were secondary.

Died in Prague in May 2023.


Solo exhibitions

  • 1972 Tylův památník, Kutná Hora
  • 1985 Galerie Fotochema, Praha
  • 1988 Městská galerie, Uherský Brod
  • 1991 Malá galerie spořitelny, Kladno
  • 1996 Galerie u Řečických, Praha
  • 2004 Galerie Fronta, Praha
  • 2005 Galerie města Blanska
  • 2006 Orlická galerie, Rychnov nad Kněžnou
  • 2007 Malá galerie spořitelny, Kladno
  • 2007 Galerie Chagall, Ostrava
  • 2010 Galerie Kinsky, Kostelec nad Orlicí
  • 2014 Nikon gallery, Praha
  • 2014 Schüttkasten galerie, Primmersdorf, Austria
  • 2016 Písecká brána, Praha 6

Group exhibitions

  • 1979 Bertramka, Praha
  • 1980 Výstavní síň B.Rejta, Louny
  • 1983 Ženy z Prahy, Fotochema, Hradec Králové
  • 1987 Aktualni fotografie ”Okamžik”, MG Brno, G4 Cheb
  • 1989 Současná užitá fotografie,galerie “D“, Praha
  • 1990 Autoportrét II, Kladno
  • 1994 Česká fotografie 1989 – 1994
  • 1995 Czech press photo, Praha
  • 1998 Portrét – AF –Technické museum, Praha
  • 2002 Národní museum fotografie, Jindřich.Hradec
  • 2004 České centrum, Bratislava
  • 2005 Česká fotografie 20.století, Městská knihovna, Praha
  • 2007 Fotografie 70.tých let, Bílý jednorožec, Klatovy
  • 2012 Tichá žena, galerie Fotograf, Praha
  • 2012-13 Element F., Moravská galerie, Brno
  • 2015 Berlanga fine art, Chicago, USA, “European edge“
  • 2016 Berlanga fine art, Chicago, USA, “Les Femmes“

Literature and sources

  • Revue fotografie 1985, L.Šolc
  • Portret v Čs.fotografii 80tych rokov, Phdr.M.Stachová-Bezúchová, katalog
  • Aktualni fotografie/Okamžik, A. Dufek
  • Výtvarnictvo-fotografie-film 1990
  • Fotografie 1991, Věra Matějů
  • Advance 2000, P.Scheufler
  • Foto-video 2001, P.Scheufler
  • Fotografie 2001
  • Fotografie 2003
  • Atelier 2004, Anna Fárová
  • MFDnes 04, Josef Chuchma
  • Akt 23fotografů - Zoner press
  • ČT24 Kulturama 2012 (Pavel Vančát - Tichá žena)
  • Právo - srpen 2014 - Jan Šída
  • Lidové noviny - 9.9.2014 - Josef Chuchma
  • Fashion is a message - Milan Knížák 2015

Represented in Collection

  • UMPRUM muzeum, Praha
  • Moravská galerie, Brno
  • Národní muzeum fotografie Jindřich.Hradec
  • Galerie Rondo, Hradec Králové
  • Galerie La femme, Praha
  • Bruce Adams, Chicago, USA
  • In private collections at home and abroad

Petra Skoupilová 's photographs are dedicated almost exclusively to women, their nature and beauty as seen by a sensitive and understanding female eye. In contrast to male photographers she choses a natural, non studio environment creating a quiet symbioses of female solidarity .Of key significance for Skoupilová was her exhibition at Fotochema Gallery in 1985,prepared in collaboration with Anna Fárová. That exhibition definitely confirmed the photographer's unique handwriting originating from a number of sources: the 19th century studio portrait,the geometrical dictionary of the avant-garde and the romantic arranged photography of the 1970s. Petra Skoupilova's work is rare in its concept which always compensates poetry and romanticism with the purely female, non- pathetic sensitivity that guarantees her a unique position in Czech photography.

Nikon gallery Prague 2014 – text excerpt – curator Pavel Vančát

The Mysterious beauty of Petra Skoupilova's women

I will always be most interested in those photographers who have reached unity with their inner self in their creation. The means and what they deal with are not important: what is important is their commitment and the veracity of their personal story. This has occurred several times in happy moments of Czech photography. When I look at somebody's work, I am looking for unity of author and his work, for unity of his personality and his deepest engagement to the creation, when the work becomes an inevitable life-need, not just a mere product of one's profession. This is what determines for me a real photographer.

Anna Fárová 1985

Petra Skoupilová 2015