Sunday, August 31, 2014
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Oldrich Skacha | Czech photographer, 72

Oldrich Skacha, 72, a Czech photographer whose pictures captured late President Vaclav Havel and the dissident movement in the communist Czechoslovakia, has died in Prague.

Prague's Vaclav Havel Library announced Mr. Skacha's death Saturday without details. Czech public television said Mr. Skacha died Saturday from an unspecified long illness.

After the 1968 Soviet-led invasion of Czechoslovakia, Mr. Skacha was banned by the hard-line communist regime and joined the dissidents surrounding Havel in the early 1970s. Only he and his colleague, Bohdan Holomicek, systematically photographed the activities of the movement that significantly contributed to the collapse of communism.

After the 1989 Velvet Revolution when Havel was elected president, Mr. Skacha became his personal photographer. His photos were put on display at exhibitions in Vienna, Austria; Paris; New York; and other places around the globe. - AP

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