Since graduating from the Film and Television School of the Academy of Performing Arts (FAMU) in Prague, Ivan Pinkava (b. 1961) has devoted himself to non-commercial photography. In this time, he has created his own distinctive visual language, which has secured him a prominent place in the arts scene. The figures and still lifes in his works intertwine. The upright human figures prevalent in his earlier photographs evolved or vanished entirely to be replaced by their imprint in the form of sacralized objects. Pinkava consciously addresses the well-known iconographic situations of Western culture, but changes them, sometimes inconspicuously, sometimes radically, altering, jumbling, renaming them, emptying or veiling them, or making them stand out in a different light. He blurs the conventional meanings behind the names of classical and biblical figures. He finds something in historical settings that is common to both the present and the future and true to both – the prefigurations of human uncertainty that derive from our own physical transience. In 2005 – 7 Pinkava was head of the Photography Studio at the Academy of Art, Architecture and Design in Prague. In 2004, he organized the largest exhibition of his own work to date, which was helt at Galerie Rudolfinum in Prague.