Photography to me means making people happy
Hana Mahlerová, née Patzeltová, was born on October 4, 1944 in Prague. She spent her youth relatively calmly at Hadovka in Dejvice. In 1958 she entered the Secondary Industrial School of Graphic Arts in Hellichova Street - the field of applied photography. She graduated in 1962 and immediately began making a living as a photographer. At first she worked for the Poděbrady glassworks. In 1964, she began working for the Research Institute of Mathematical Machines (VÚMS), where she remained until 1991. She also survived the invasion of Warsaw Pact troops and subsequent normalization. VÚMS offered her a functioning working team full of interesting people and an unprecedented degree of freedom at that time. After leaving the VÚMS, she briefly became involved in the Liberal Democratic Party. In the 1990s, she worked for TV Nova and then briefly for Press magazine. After 2000, she worked in Strategie magazine for some time. She has photographically documented both the days of occupation in 1968 and what happened during the Velvet Revolution. She has exhibited her photographs in public several times during her life. She currently spends much of her time in a log cabin in the Benešov region.