Eliška Blažková, MFA. (born in 1983) is a Czech photographer, currently living alternately in the Czech Republic and France. She graduated from the Secondary Graphic Art School in Jihlava (CZ) and the College of Arts and Crafts in Brno (CZ). Hereafter, she gained the higher education at the Faculty of Multimedia Communications, Tomas Bata University in Zlin (Department of Photography) where she currently acts as a Ph.D. candidate. Moreover, she completed several internships at the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem (Israel). After several years working as a Head of Promotion at an advertising agency (Trebic, Prague / CZ) she´s a Freelance Photographer today. During the past seven years, she repeatedly returns to Israel and works on her photographic projects and the doctoral research.
"...Since my childhood, I have been fascinated by art. I grew up surrounded by the scent of oil paints and musical tones, as some of my family members were artists and musicians. I myself was initially focused on drawing and painting and when I was six years old I started to attend an art school. At the age of 15, I discovered the magic of photography. That time I was in my first year of high school, at which teaching of photography was fairly widespread. It was in 1998 and believe it or not, back then the digital technology for me was something like science fiction. In spite of all the advantages of digital photography, I must say that I am glad I was forced to learn how to photograph with fully manual analog cameras (my parents ceded me their old Praktica – 35mm film SLR camera and my uncle later gave me his medium format Pentagon). It taught me to be able to see what is actually happening in front of the lens and not to rely on subsequent editing in graphical software.
Today I predominantly use a digital camera, but I try to restrict the computer postproduction only for the basic and inevitable interventions. For me photography is not about computer graphics, but rather about experiencing the magic of image taking itself, connecting with people and places, playing with lights and shadows, discovering surrounding beauty, trying to capture some impression, feel, authenticity and mainly humanity..."