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prof. Mgr. Jaroslav Brabec


Director, cameraman, teacher, photographer, Head of the Department of Cinematography

Jaroslav Brabec teaches seminar and practical exercises at the Department of Cinematography with a focus on the theoretical and practical ability to control the dramaturgy of film image colouring; he supervises some of the joint exercises with other FAMU departments.

Jaroslav Brabec was born in 1954 in Prague. He graduated from the Department of Cinematography and has taught there since 1987. For a number of years, he worked as Assistant to Jaroslav Kučera, the cameraman, in both professional practice and in teaching at FAMU. He habilitated as Associate Professor 2006; ten years later, he was appointed Professor. Besides his teaching activities, he also works as a director and cameraman, particularly for Czech Television, and he even ventured into the realm of theatre directing in several Prague theatres. For decades, he has photographed artists, visual artists in particular, and – being an active diver – takes black and white underwater photos.


Film work (selection):

2015 – director of American letters
2009 – director of Post Bellum
2008 – director of Aljona
2005 – director and director of photography of a document on the life of cameraman
Milota and actress Chramostova, A Parallel portrait
2003 – director of photography for Angel Face (dir. Zdeněk Troška)
2001 – director of Solitude
1999 – screenwriter, director and director of photography of Melancholic Chicken
1998 – director and director of photography of Jan Masaryk
1988 – director of photography in A Hoof Here, A Hoof There (dir. Vera Chytilová)
1987 – director of photography in Why? (dir. Karel Smyczek)
1986 – director of photography in The Princess Jasna and the Flying Shoemaker (dir. Z.Troška)

Other art work (selection):

2016 – Out of Limits – exhibition in cooperation with Borek Šípek, Dancing House, Prague
2015 – Winston's Trains, a Tribute to Sir Nicholas, documentary photo exhibition Prague, Los Angeles, London
2013 – Orbis Artis, photo book, published by Torst
2010 – Hermann Nitsch and Jaroslav Brabec, exhibition of photographs in the Litera Gallery in Prague
2005 – Banda Aceh – Tsunami 2004, exhibition of photographs (together with Otakar Jiránek)
2003 – Yono Oko at the Kampa Museum, exhibition of photographs, Prague

Awards (selection):

2017 – WorldFest-Houston – GOLD Remi Award – American Letters
2015 – TV International Festival Bar in Montenegro – Best Visual Identity & Czech Lion – Award for Best TV Film or Miniseries – American Letters
2014 – International Drama Awards in Seoul – Jury’s Special Prize – American Letters
2003 – Elsa – TV Awards of the Czech Television – Best Film Award – PF 77
2003 – Czech Lion – Best Cinematography Award – Angel Face
2001 – Prix Italia – nomination for the main prize & Elsa – TV Awards – Best Film Award – Solitude
2002 – Czech Lion – Best Cinematography for The Melancholic Chicken
1994 – Czech Lion – Award for best camera and best artistic performance – Horror Story

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