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Jaroslav Kocian

Czech photographer, Jaroslav Kocian, began photographing while still a teenager, using his grandfather’s Rolleiflex. Last year he received his MFA from the Institute of Creative Photography, Silesian University in Opava, MA and has hasn’t looked back. Now teaching Photography at Peoples Conservatory in Ostrava, he also works as a commercial and fine art photographer while balancing life as a husband and father. Jaroslav has created a terrific series of family portraits featured below, and has a number of other strong series on his site, including Surburban Kids.

The collection of twelve stylized portraits is a result of my annual photographic work on the theme of my family presentation. I presented these photographs as my final master’s work at the Institute of Creative Photography in Opava. I am still working on the collection. My final goal is to have twenty portraits.

Adela 1978

The characters’ characteristics are expressed indirectly, notably through careful choice of the environment where the characters lived in their youth or where they live now. We do not know anything about the characters’ family relations from photographs’ titles that are labelled only with the first names of the people photographed, and year they were born.

Ales 1976

In this work, my aim was a mystic atmosphere made with dim light as the result of combinations of natural daylight and external artificial light. This way, I not only accent the characters in a dim, real exterior but, I also express my personal relationship with the characters. Surrealistic arrangement of photographs should evoke a dreamy and partially also a brooding atmosphere.

Jana 1954

The look of the protagonists away from the camera somewhere into emptiness supports the existential base of the work. It is not a cheerful view of a present family; conversely, I present a community of close people, who actually go through their complicated lives. In spite of that, I aimed for positive vibrations to radiate from the photographs, which André Maurois speaks about in his quotation:

“Without a family, man, alone in the world, trembles with the cold.” André Maurois

Jaroslav 1953

Jaroslav 1979


Lidmila 1922

Olga 1951

Stanislav 1953

Vesna 1949

Zdenka 1951

Zuzana 1978

Zuzana 1979

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