Paul Ickovic

Paul Ickovic

Paul Ickovic was thirteen when he emigrated with his family to the United States via Czechoslovakia, England and Colombia. An assistant of Henri Cartier-Bresson, friend of Josef Koudelka, his lineage is among the great documentary and street photographers, yet what he sees expresses the daring and heart that is his alone. Using only his Leica, one lens and black and white film, he reveals the ineffable, the bizarre, tender and beautiful apparitions of life. His subject is the endless variation of relationship and femininity, depicted in his photographs as well as his playful drawings. A pilot, printer and musician, he is the author of five books – Kafka’s GraveIn TransitSafe ConductGorgeous Infidelities, a collaboration with poet  Naila Moreira, and a children’s book, Nicholas and The Magic Box. His photographs have been widely exhibited and are included in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York; La Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris; National Gallery of Art, Prague;  Minneapolis Art Museum, and the Smithsonian Institution.



1969-71          Goddard College, BA
1966-68          Commercial pilot and flight engineer (Boeing 707)
1965-66          School of Visual Arts
Studied jazz guitar with Attila Zoller, and composition with Jimmy Guiffre
1964-65          Julliard School of Music
1962-64          Queens College

Exhibitions (selection)

International Center of Photography, NY, three man exhibit, Henri Cartier Bresson, Robert Capa and Paul Ickovic 1985
Adagio Gallery, Bridgehampton, NY, Paul Ickovic and Robert Rauschenberg, 1984
Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, 1974
International Center of Photography, NY: Safe conduct, exhibition and book, 1991
Remy Toledo Gallery, NY, 2005 and 2006
Robert Klein Gallery, Boston, 2005 and 2011
Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts
Guild Hall, Easthampton, NY
Fleming Museum Burlington, Vermont
University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Massachusetts
Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Panopticon Gallery, Boston, 2010
Witkin Gallery, New York
Daniel Wolf Gallery New York
Robert Klein Gallery, Boston
AIPAD, New York
Southampton, Art fair, Southampton, New York
Galerija Fotografija, Ljubljana, 2017

Public collections

Museum of Modern Art, New York
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Biblioteque Nationale, Paris, France
International Center of Photography, New York
Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia
National Museum of the Czech Republic, Prague, gifted from Guggenheim Museum collection
Guild Hall Museum, East Hampton, NY
De Cordova Museum, Lincoln, Massachusetts
Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Smithsonian Museum, Washington, DC
New York Public Library, New York
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts
Amherst, Massachusetts: Mead Art Museum, University of Massachusetts, Hampshire College and Smith College


2016    *At a Glance, Steinhour Editons
2015    *Nicholas and the Magic Box
2014    *Gorgeous Infidelities in collaboration with Naila Moreira, poet
1998    Boston Phoenix
1996    New York Review of Books
1992    Relative Truths, Guild Hall Museum (catalog)
1991    *Safe Conduct, International Center of Photography / Introduction by Cornell Capa, essay by Vaclav Havel
1989    Out of Bounds, Guild Hall Museum (catalog)
1987    *Kafka’s Grave and Other Stories, Okapi Editions / Essay David Mamet
1982    Chicago Tribune Magazine (cover)
1981    Prague Portfolio, Odeon Editions
1977    *In Transit, Odeon Editions
1974    Paul Ickovic, Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, catalog
1972    Soul of Vermont, Goddard Press


Private collections

Milos Forman
Martin Scorsese
Joe Pesci
Richard Gere
David Mamet
Saul Steinberg
Henry Cartier Bresson
Josef Koudelka
Annaliese Soros
Joshua Ginsberg
Stephen Stinehour

Awards & Grants

2 grants, Vermont council on the Arts
AIGA best books awards for Kafka’s Grave and Other Stories, essay by David Mamet

Publications about Paul Ickovic

Writing in Restaurants, David Mamet
NY Times Sunday (three times), New York, NY
Daily News, New York, NY
Double Take Magazine, Boston, MASS
Vision, China
East Hampton Star, East Hampton, NY
Southampton Press, Southampton, NY
Boston Globe, Boston, MASS
Underground News, New York, NY
Art Forum, New York, NY
The L magazine, New York , NY
Mladina, Ljubljana, Slovenia