Werner Forman Biography

 (1921 - 2010)

Werner Forman was born in Prague in 1921. He began his photographic career at the age of 14, when, fascinated by aeroplanes, he worked as the official photographer of the Czech State Airline. He ranks as one of the world's greatest photographers of archaeological sites and ancient, oriental and primitive art.

He made his first impression on the art world in 1954 with a volume of photographs of Chinese art collections in his native Czech Republic. The immediate success of this book was the start of an impressive career during which he has worked in museums and private collections around the globe and photographed monuments, people and places from Greenland to New Zealand. During his impressive career, Werner Forman has been the sole photographer and co-author of many books that have all been published in numerous different language editions.

Having photographed, in the course of his long career, archaeological sites, cultural monuments and objects in more than 55 countries, Werner Forman has amassed a priceless archive that has become a highly valued resource of images for publishers throughout the world.