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Past projects

Jana Boemer

Photography influenced her whole life. Photography surrounded her in various ways.

She worked in advertising agencies in Germany and  Switzerland for more than 5 years, where Jana was mostly responsible for editing photos. After she moved to Prague, she founded the first mail-order company for Photographic equipment in the Czech Republic. Shortly thereafter, she obtained Leica representation. Through this she met more and more renowned photographers and fell in love with their work.

In 2002 she founded Leica Gallery Prague (LGP) in the Prague Castle, and turned it into a non profit Organization. The gallery became the most visited Czech cultural institution for years. 

Under the Motto "Exhibitions travel to people” Jana introduced a revolutionary idea to the world by having various exhibitions visit people, rather than the other way around. This project, which reconstructed the inside of a train into a gallery, and brought world-famous photographs to several countries and many cities, remains unforgettable and reached over 150 000 visitors.

She invests a lot of energy to find unusual ways to bring art closer to people. With projects such as "Quo Imus" or "There is an artist in everyone", she binds a large number of people in order to deal with social issues in the form of creativity. Her life goal is to make art an approachable subject for everyone, and something anyone can get involved with, regardless of their social, economic, or educational status.

2021 - ongoing

Moved to Utah temporarily, I dedicate myself to my own photography

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Quo Imus project 2018 - ongoing

Would you like to host the Quo Imus Project in your institution and have your visitors participate in it?

We are attempting to involve the public in cultural and creative happenings and to thereby address socially relevant themes through art.

Quo Imus, latin for “where are we going?

Is grappling with the issues of our currently changing times, and our future. The project challenges participants to think about what accompanies the digital era, climate change and what their wishes are for the future.

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Jury member

2002 Leica Medal of Excellence, New York

2003 Leica Medal of Excellence, New York

2004 Leica Medal of Excellence, Vienna
2002 - 2007 Euro Press Photo Award CZ
2002 - 2009 World Press Photo, Nominations for J.S. Masterclass Since

2006 Nikon Number One Profi CZ
2007 Frame – international competition for young photographers
2008 Month of Photography in Bratislava Portfolio view

2008 Prague Photo

2006-2007 curator for the selection of photographs for the photo bank of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs

2010 Curator of the project CityLab 

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2009 - 2010 exhibitions, Prague 1

Edition 100; The Platinum Collection by Robert Vano; Wolf's Honey by Vojtěch Sláma; Us + You for Czech Railways; The Edges of Reality by Vladimír Birgus; Ruud van Empel with Dutch Embassy; Frame 008 - a photography competition for professional photographers and Schools of Photography students; Who Doesn't Know The Past, Has No Future.

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Prof. Vladimír Birgus

Moscow - Month of Photography

Robert Vano's exhibition and workshop production in Moscow

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2008 Exhibitions, Prague 1

On Wenceslas Square About Wenceslas Square by Vilém Prokop; Demésticas by Adrej Balco; Fashion & ....... by Jiří Turek; Circuss by Sarah Moon.

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2007 - The Gallery On The Train III

A mobile gallery, touring with the exhibition The Million Dollar Hotel and Buena Vista Social Club by Wim and Donata Wenders.

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2005 Gallery on the Train - 1st year

Workers by Sebastiao Salgado. 

Gallery in the Train visited 12 cities in the Czech Republic and 11 cities in Slovakia. 47,000 visitors. It was the most-visited exhibition of 2005 in CZ

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Press Conference: Lélia and  Sebastiao Salgado and Jana Boemer

2004 - The Way To The Dream
by Miroslav Hucek

Miroslav Hucek was the mentor in my life. His pictures show me over and over again that the dream is the beginning of the goal.

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2004 Prague Castle - Rahu Rai

The Bhopal Gas Tragedy Through Veteran Photojournalist Raghu Rai’s Eyes, who is one of India’s greatest photographers and a member of the world- renowned Magnum Group.

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2004 Prague Castle - Elliot Erwitt

Images from 1953 up to 2001 showing the world of Elliott Erwitt. Het can make you laugh out with an absurd juxtaposition, or capture life’s melancholy in a moment. 

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The last large retrospective for Helmut Newton's 80th birthday travels to London, New York, Tokyo, Moscow and to Leica Gallery Prague

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Jana Boemer and the president of Czech Republic Václav Klaus

2003 Prague Castle - Václav Havel

Farewell to President Vaclav Havel with photos of: Karel Cudlín, Bohdan Holomíček, Jiří Jírů, Alan Pajer, Oldřich Škácha, Pavel Štecha and Jan Třeštík.

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Kauai 2019 - 2021

Workshops - old techniques: Cyanotype

By using the sun and various objects or 1:1 negatives, we created beautiful cyan-blue prints on fabric sheets.

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"During the time that the Boemers have been on the island they have organized several exhibitions that have presented local artists to our community, often giving them a venue that simply would not exist without their efforts. This has greatly enriched the town of Kapaa, while drawing upon an island-wide audience."

JoAnn A. Yukimura

Former mayor of Kauai County

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2010 sale of Leica Gallery Prague

Do to relocating to Hawaii I was glad that the Director of Czech Television took over the Gallery and continued in the same spirit.

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Paris Photo

Presentation of Czech photographers on Paris Photo and on Prague Photo. 

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and Prague Photo

Robert Vano - The Platinum Collection

Two hundred  exposed platinum types required a large exhibition space. 23.000 people visited the Exhibition Hall Mánes during Robert Vano’s retrospective. The 200 pictures formed also the basis for the book The Platinum Collection, I'm proud to have worked on.  Robert Vano is one of the most professional photographers I've ever worked with. We were both present throughout the exhibition and enjoyed the delight of the visitors.

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Robert Vano and Jana Boemer 

Workshop - Old Techniques

Platinum Palladium Print - technique

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2006 Gallery On The Train  II

Persona by Antonín Kratochvíl, Gallery in a Train traveled from May until the end of November.

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Josef Blecha, Jana Boemer, Antonín Kratochvíl. 

Ministry of Foreign Affairs - commission

An order from the Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs to produce an exhibition about Václav Havel in four copies in order to send it to different continents.

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2005 Leni Riefenstahl

In cooperation with Embassy of Germany. 

Processing of the past .Discussions: what do artists owe society and what happens when they serve dangerous regimes with their art.

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2004 Prague Castle - Bernd Arnold

Power and Ritual. The collection of photographs captures the most diverse ceremonies and rituals: religious, profane, political and nonsensical.

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2004 Prague Castle - René Burri

René Burri was able to find striking metaphors for the condition of our world. This quality, together with a deep sense of humanity, gives his photography a high cultural and artistic value and makes it part of what can be called “world photography”.

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Press Conference and Dinner: Jana Boemer ans René Burri

2004 Prague Castle
Three Generations of Czech Documentary Photography

The exhibition presented three notable personalities of Czech documentary photography: Jan Lukas, Viktor Kolář and Evžen Sobek. Their work covers the period of three generations, and demonstrates why Czech documentary photography is internationally renowned.

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2003 Prague Castle - Face of War

Photographs from the war in the Persian Gulf, from Chechnya, Kosovo, Afghanistan, conflict Israel / Palestine, from Lebanon. The objective of the exhibition was  to portray so-called Collateral Damage

Workshop with World Press Photo winner - Claus Bjorn Larsen

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2003 Prague Castle - Edward Steichen
 

In cooperation with the Embassy of Luxembourg..

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2002 Prague Castle - Mary Ellen Mark

With the exhibition by Mary Ellen Mark, the rooms of Supreme Burgraves House of Prague Castle were inaugurated as Leica Gallery Prague. The rooms as a glazed atrium with lots of light are perfect for the presentation of photography.

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2002 Prague Castle - Peggy Sirota

All in all 95 exhibited works come from a cycle for which Sirota – within the framework of a generously taken benefit action, dedicated to „AIDS Project Los Angeles“ – portrayed more than 170 stars from the cinema sphere, music scene, culture and sport. Those – often disguised beyond recognition – suppress their own known image, and precisely thanks to that they often, in view of the observers, fully unmask  their genuine  „ego“.

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2001 Exodus - Sebastiao Salgado

"They were frightened, uncomfortable and humiliated. Yet they allowed themselves to be photographed, I believe, because they wanted their plight to be made known. When I could, I explained to them that this was my purpose. Many just stood before my camera and addressed it as they might a microphone." 

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1996 - 2002 Amadeus Prague

From 1996 until the move into Prague Castle in 2002, Czech photographers were presented in a monthly rhythm: Jaroslav Kučera, Dana Kyndrová, David Neff, Jan Šibík, Pavel Dias, Adolf Zika, Jiří Hanke, Miroslav Hucek, Václav Chochola, František Provazník, Ladislav Sitenský, Oldřich Škácha .........

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Miroslav Hucek and Jana Boemer

Leica M with the No 2, 500, 000

The camera with the striking serial number 2,500,000 was presented to Czech president Václav Havel during a reception in May 2000. The round series numbers were assigned to legends from the beginning: No 150,000 to Leopold Godowksy and number 175,000 to Leopold Mannes, the inventors of Kodachrome (1935) ; Leica 300,000 to Gustav Wilmanns and number 350,000 to Wilhelm Schneider, the inventors of Agfacolor film. Dr. Ernest Leitz received number 500,000 in 1950 and in 1955 Henri-Cartier Bresson got number 750,000 on the occasion of the Biennale de Photographie in Paris. In 1960 Dr. Ludwig Leitz got number 1,000,000.

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Jana Boemer, Markus Boemer, Dagmar Havlová
and president of Czech Republic - Václav Havel

2000 Leica Magic Moment

The exhibition took place in the Franciscan monastery and for the first time presented photographic masters to the Czech public, such as: Henri Cartier-Bresson, Alfred Eisenstaedt, Ralph Gibson, Bruce Gilden, Ernst Haas, Inge Morath, Hilmar Pabel, Mary Ellen Mark, Sebastiao Salgado............. and Marc Riboud with Flower Girl Washington, 1968

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Jaroslav Kučera, Antonín Kratochvíl and Jana Boemer

2002 Prague Castle - Anton Corbijn

Anton Corbijn is a photographer, film director and music video director. He is the creative director behind the visual output of Depeche Mode and U2, having handled the principal promotion and sleeve photography for both bands over three decades. 

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Jana Boemer and Anton Corbijn 

National Geographic CZ

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Galleryist Jana Boemer has an incredible fate. He lives in Hawaii and will regularly bring us the most interesting things to see and experience in a place considered a paradise on earth. However, the very path of life that brought her there is worth reading. 

JANA BOEMER VIP author Founded in Prague by Leica Gallery Prague and presented the best photographers in the world in the Czech Republic. Since 2005, she has traveled with the Gallery on the train for three years in the Czech and Slovak Republics. She gave up the fight to bring large photographic projects to the Czech Republic in 2010 and moved with her family to the most beautiful Hawaiian island of Kauai. Here he runs the Art Cafe Hemingway gallery and enjoys the world of photography.

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JANA BOEMER VIP author for National Geographic CZ
JANA BOEMER VIP author for National Geographic CZ
JANA BOEMER VIP author for National Geographic CZ
JANA BOEMER VIP author for National Geographic CZ
JANA BOEMER VIP author for National Geographic CZ
JANA BOEMER VIP author for National Geographic CZ
JANA BOEMER VIP author for National Geographic CZ