One will finally get what one deserves
Jiří Jírů was born on 30th July 1946 in Prague. Initially, it was Václav Jírů, his uncle - photographer - who had attracted his interest in photography. A day before the occupation of Czechoslovakia in 1968, he left for Belgium, decided to stay and after hard beginnings, he succeeded in working for prestigious American magazines. He was also commissioned to travel to the USSR to take photos documenting political changes in the country. In 1993 he became the personal photographer to the president Václav Havel. The photographs of this seven year period were published under the title HAVEL. The book was awarded the first prize for photographic publication in Italy. He established the Photo Museum Jírů in Prague 2 in the building where he has his studio today. In 2017 he received the Merit Award from Prague 1. Today, he lives in Prague and Brussels, takes photographs, organizest his archive and writes.