Acclaimed Czech scientist, who connected his research in the field of zoology and biology with wide photographical and cinematic work. Throughout his life he collaborated with National Museum and Prague ZOO. He is the author of some of the first Czech films of natural science and travelogues that he shot for example in Iceland or Africa. His beautiful pictures of animals and plants were published in many magazines and later in a form of books that he created with the help of his wife Lída. Among these we can mention one triology called The Beauty of Nature (1948-50), which was exhibited within the Fotograf Festival 2016. His photographs were also displayed as a solo exhibition at Veletržní palác in Prague in 1937.
Old World swallowtail
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Beautiful school poster depicting an Old World swallowtail from the series of educative posters approved by the Ministry of education in 1945 as the teaching aids suitable for all kinds of elementary and high schools. The text with the description of the animal is illustrated by black and white picture by a great Czech zoologist and photographer Václav Jan Staňek, who is also the author of many books and one of our first film documentaries of natural science. His photographs with their esthetic qualities definitely go beyond a simply educational purpose.