I was born in 1963 in Ostrava, Czechoslovakia, and immigrated to Canada in 1969 with my family. I grew up in Saskatchewan and Alberta. After graduating from electrical engineering from the U of A in Edmonton, I started to become interested in photography, which I pursued while working in the telecommunications industry in Toronto. In 1998 I co-founded the Contrast Photo Agency. In 2001 I moved to the Czech Republic, where I worked for 2 years as a staff photographer for the MF Dnes daily, and 4 years as director of Spectrum Pictures. I am currently working as a freelance photographer and translator.