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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.
Lives and works in Prague.
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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