Adolf Zika Adolf Zika Photography
Adolf Zika was born in 1972 in the town of Prachatice. In 1994, he began with photography and a year later won first place in the most contended category of the Czech Press Photo. In the fall of the year 2000, he was selected among six photographers of the world to represent the renowned brand Leica at Photokina in Cologne and was given the same honor by the Olympus brand four years later. Adolf Zika’s photographs were already sold at the Paris Photo in Louvre and many other countries throughout the world.

He is the author of the largest printed project of the year 2000, the narrative publication THE LAST BOOK OF THE CENTURY, A Day in the Life of Czech Republic. In the summer of 2006, with the support of the Hasselblad and Leica companies, he took photographs for his planned publication 6 Days and 24 Hours of Le Mans, a non-traditional conception of the most famous automobile race in the world. And in the same year, a retrospective book of black-and-white photographs Luxurious Luminescence appeared on counters in the Czech Republic and Slovakia.

Adolf Zika worked for many prestigious fashion labels, such as Pietro Filipi, Hermès, Australian Bodycare, Speedo and many other. In 2001, Adolf Zika began long-term cooperation with the mobile operator Orange. He has also created many front covers and beautiful pictorials for the Playboy magazine. From the year 2001 till 2005, Adolf Zika became the official photographer of the racing team Ferrari Menx, with whom he traveled throughout Europe.

Since 2001, Adolf Zika has directed over three dozen television commercials. He yet again dedicated himself to the world of fast cars in 2006 and 2007, while working on the project A1GP Season 2006/07. The result of which is an extensive photographic publication, capturing the dramatic moments of the A1GP season as well as a peek behind the scenes of every race.

In the year 2007, as the screenwriter and director, he completed a feature length documentary film about world renowned photographer Jan Saudek, titled JAN SAUDEK - TRAPPED BY HIS PASSIONS, NO HOPE FOR RESCUE. The film was completed as a Czech-American co-production. In the following year, the film was awarded the Glass Eye Award for the Best Documentary Film at EuroFest Montreal in Canada.

In the same year, Adolf Zika directed a feature length documentary film about the most famous automobile race in the world 24 Hours of Le Mans entitled LE MANS PHENOMENON.

In 2009, ONE YEAR OF MY LIFE in 3285 Pictures by Adolf Zika in Co-operation with Leica was published, a worldwide unique photography project, which illustrates one year of the ordinary as well as extraordinary life of Adolf Zika in nine photographs a day. Based on the main idea of this book, in the same year he founded the web project WEEK OF LIFE, a unique documentary project, which aims to create the largest photo library of humanity.

Adolf Zika still considers himself photographer of black-and-white photography and is an enthusiastic collector of black-and-white classic photography. Zika’s black-and-white photographs, mainly artistic nudes, are enlarged using a classic technique, and always shot on a negative and never digitally retouched. They are not influenced by modern techniques and it is difficult to place a date on the vast majority of Adolf Zika’s photography. This might be the reason he is a sought-after photographer for personal collections. On his journeys for unique photographs, Adolf Zika has traveled to over 47 different countries all over the world.