CTK issues electronic book of Vaclav Havel´s photos


12.06.2014 10:35

Prague - The Czech News Agency (CTK) has created an electronic book entitled President Vaclav Havel as an application for iPad with his photos from 1988-2011 taken by CTK reporters, most of which were displayed in Prague´s Old Town Hall two years ago and then published in a book.


ČTK vytvořila elektronickou knihu fotografií Prezident Václav Havel jako aplikaci pro iPad. Kolekce obsahuje výběr asi 200 Havlových fotografií z let 1988 až 2011. Vychází z úspěšné výstavy fotografií, která se na Staroměstské radnici v Praze uskutečnila před dvěma lety, a následné knižní publikace, kterou rozšiřuje o další snímky. ČTK ČTK

The application comprises 200 photographs of Havel (1936-2011) some of which were not included in the printed book.

Havel, playwright, thinker and dissident, was the last Czechoslovak and the first Czech president (December 1989-March 2003). After he left the post, he primarily focused on the promotion of human rights in the world. He died at 75 years on December 18, 2011.

Unlike the printed book, the new i-Pad application enables further functions, such as the classification of photographs according to years and authors. In addition, it includes short video spots with the photographers´ personal views.

"We want the application to address the current young generation that considers the electronic environment natural," Petr Mlch, editor-in-chief of the CTK Photobank, said.

"Part of the book can be downloaded for free in the App Store, its full version costs 2.69 euros [some 74 crowns]," he added.

The photographs have been selected from the CTK´s unique archive with about 14,000 photographs of Havel.

They map not only Havel's presidency, his trips in the Czech Republic, official visits abroad and meetings with foreign politicians, artists and intellectuals, but also the period shortly before, for instance, the Velvet Revolution days at the end of 1989, and the years after he left office.

($1=20.258 crowns)


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