Vladimir Birgus is Head and Professor of the Institute of Creative Photography at the Silesian University in Opava, photographer, curator and critic. He is the author and co-author of 30 books, including Tschechoslowakische Fotografie der Gegenwart (Cologne and Heidelberg 1990), European Photography Guide. 6, 7, 8 (Göttingen.1997, 2000, 2003), Czech Photography of the 1990s (Prague and Chicago 1998), Czech Photographic Avant-Garde 1918-1948 (Prague and Stuttgart 1999, Cambridge and London 2002), Photographer František Drtikol (Prague 2000), Jaroslav Rössler – Czech Avant-Garde Photographer (Prague, Cambridge and London 2003), and Czech Photography of the 20th Century (Prague 2010).
He has curated and co-curated a number of exhibitions in many museums and galleries in Europe and the USA, for instance Czechoslovak Photography Today (Cologne and eight other cities in Europe and the USA, 1990-1994), Modern Beauty: Czech Photographic Avant-Garde 1918-1948 (Barcelona, Paris, Lausanne, Prague, Munich 1998-1999), The Nude in Czech Photography (Prague, Olomouc, Paris, Aachen, Moscow, Bratislava, Wroclaw, Poznan, Athens, Warsaw 2000-2010), Czech Photography of the 20th Century (Prague 2005, Bonn 2009), Identities of Young Czech Women Photographers (Prague, Lyon, Budapest and Warsaw, 2007-2010), New Life, New Document (Prague, Warsaw, Braga, 2009-2011), and Once Upon a Time in the East – Czechs through the Eyes of Photographers, 1948-1989 (Prague 2009).
His photographs have been exhibited in over 60 solo exhibitions and are included in many collections (Museum of Decorative Art, Prague, Moravian Gallery, Brno, European House of Photography, Paris, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, Yokohama Museum of Fine Arts, etc).