Hana Jakrlova is a Czech photographer born in 1969, currently based in Paris and living also in Prague and New York. After studying architecture in Prague, she enrolled in the documentary photography program at the Institute of Creative Photography in the Czech Republic and subsequently at the International Center of Photography in New York.
Hana travelled in Europe extensively, between 1997 and 2003. This personal journey around European cities resulted in subjective documentary series, "Europeans". Photography book "In the Meantime" Europe" with the foreword by Vaclav Havel was published in 2006, in co-production of Czech, Dutch and English publishers.
The "Europeans" were featured in the Czech Photography of the 20th Century exhibition in the Museum of Applied Arts in Prague and the Contemporary Czech Photography exhibition in the Leica gallery in New York. The "Europeans" collection, as well as other photography series based in and outside of Europe ("End of Elsewhere", "Russian Holidays", "Holy Cities: India", "Sudetenland", "Solitude: New York"), have been published in a number of photography magazines and they are found in museums, institutions and private collections at home and abroad, including the Camera Work Gallery in Berlin, the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, Bibliotheque National de France, the Czech National Bank and the Museum of Applied Arts in Prague.
In 2005, Hana began photographing the Big Sister, Internet brothel in Prague. Fascinated by the ways Internet changes our world, and challenged by the subject, Hana explored the extreme, surprising and world-wide effect, the Internet has on our sense of intimacy and privacy. Documenting the absurd and existential "decisive moments" recorded on the World Wide Web, Hana completed the series which can be seen as the sign of our times. The "Big Sister" has been awarded and exhibited at the Arles Rencontres in 2007. It is currently being exhibited at the Museum of Photography in Charleroi, Belgium, and it has been featured in several photography and art magazines. The "Big Sister" series is going to be published as a photography book. The work has been included into several public and private collections as well as museum exhibitions around the world, such as the Wilson Centre for Photography, Museum of Photography in Charleroi, Photography Biennale in Brescia, PDNB Gallery in Dallas, Museum of Fine Arts in Houston and Museum of Contemporary Arts in Moscow.