Although photographer Petr Králík graduated from the discipline of art history, he was eventually allured by practicing in the field of photography. He mainly focuses on coverage and documentary photographs, and has cooperated with many Czech magazines and dailies (for example, Respekt and Hospodářské noviny). Favoring black-and-white photography, he even sometimes develops his prints manually, not employing digital technologies. One of the most striking aspects of his work are photographs capturing scenes from everyday life through which sometimes the so-called magic of the unintentional shines or where some kind of invisible, residual emotions from a story which has or could have happened in the image appear. Petr Králík can, but does not, boast himself with a natural sense of composition but also of grasping the subtle division line between irony and sentiment. Some of his photographs bespeak of his nomadic nature. Králík travels very often, but his shots taken in exotic lands like Afghanistan are far from having travelogue, guidebook character. On the contrary; they pay attention to the commonplace details and life rituals, minute things and trifles that are part of human lives all around the globe. Petr Králík does not exhibit too often and his prints more or less appear in alternative galleries. He is, however, a very interesting artist to be yet discovered in full.
* 1969, Prague, Czech Republic