Antonin Kratochvil, Czech Republic, is a founder of VII photo agency. As a photojournalist he has tackled a good deal of upheaval and human catastrophe, whilst going about his documentation of the times in which we live. His own refugee life has in many ways reflected what he has rendered on film. Over the years, Kratochvil's unconventional work has ranged from photographing Mongolian street children to a portrait session with David Bowie; from covering the war in Iraq for Fortune magazine to shooting pictures of Deborah Harry for an American Civil Liberties Union campaign. His work has appeared in a range of top-ranking international magazines and newspapers, and he has brought out five books of his own. Among his array of awards are a Lucie Award for Outstanding Achievement in Photojournalism, a Leica Medal of Excellence, and three World Press Photo first prizes.