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Michael Hanke

About Michael Hanke

Michael Hanke was born in Kladno, Czech Republic, in 1972. His photographic career began when he was 40 years old. However, only one year later he began to receive prestigious awards for his work, both at regional and international levels. From the very beginning of his career, he has dedicated his work to the humanistic and social black and white documentary photography, focusing on long-term projects. His work has been awarded five times in the recognized Czech Press Photo competition. In 2016, he was shortlisted at the world's biggest photography competition the Sony World Photography Awards with the series documenting the thrilling atmosphere of youth chess tournaments. In 2017, he has received the 2nd prize at the world's most prestigious photography contest - World Press Photo - with his latest story from youth chess tournaments. His work was exhibited in several solo and group exhibitions around the world.

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