Book: JAN SIBIK – 1989

The new publication contains 71 two-page photographs in 4 files:

– Demonstrations in Czechoslovakia 1988-89

– The fall of the Berlin Wall

– Revolution in Czechoslovakia

– Revolution in Romania

In 1989, the world changed, Czechoslovakia changed and the lives of many of us have also changed. After thirty years Jan Sibik is taking us back into the fateful moments of history in his book of photographs. We are returning to the extraordinarily powerful and captivating moments that took place in Prague, but also in Berlin or Bucharest. At the same time Jan Šibík maps the events that led to the Velvet Revolution in Czechoslovakia – and it is strange and probably characteristic – but these photographs are not just a memories. On the contrary it forces us to think about everything that is happening today. In the world, in the Czech Republic and in our own life…

The renowned Czech photojournalist Jan Sibik has made more than two hundred trips to all corners of the world since 1985. He photographed the end of communistic era in Europe, the fall of the Berlin Wall, the Velvet Revolution in former Czechoslovakia and the bloody demise of Nicolae Ceaucescu´s regime in Romania.

He witnessed massacres in Sierra Leone and Liberia, famines in Sudan, Somalia and Ethiopia. He experienced the consequences of  the earthquakes in Armenia and Turkey, an exodus of Iraqi Kurds to Iran. He has witnessed wars in Afghanistan, Croatia, Bosnia, Kosovo, Abkhazia, Georgia, Chechnya, Azerbaijan Nagorno-Karabakh, South Africa and Iraq. Genocide in Rwanda, refugee camps in Tanzania, Sudan, Haiti, Angola and Somalia.

He also worked repeatedly in Cuba. In recent years, Jan Sibik has focused on the conflict in Palestine. Throughout 2004 he photographed the AIDS epidemic in Ukraine. In 2005, he noted the terrible consequences of the storm wave in Sri Lanka, the bizarre conditions in communistic North Korea, the funeral of Pope John Paul II. in Vatican and Yasser Arafat in Ramallah, the departure of Israeli settlers from the Gaza Strip and also the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans.

In 2007 he returned to North Korea. Then he shoot HIV-positive prostitutes in Africa’s largest slum in Kiberia. In Sierra Leone he photographed the work of modern slaves in the diamond mines and at the outskirts of the Cambodian capital of Phnom Penh the lives of people who sort waste at the largest landfill.

He was the last one  reporter who photographed the Arab revolutions in Egypt and Libya, mourning after a terrorist attack in Norway, riots in London and famous  Czech president Václav Havel´s funeral.