Pavel Dias began to photograph at a time when the formal and content rigidity of photography in the service of ideology began to be replaced by photographs depicting man and real life. Dias became one of the main bearers of the legacy of classical humanistic photography in the Czech lands.
Pavel Dias was born on December 9, 1938 in Brno. In the 1950s, he studied photography at the Secondary School of Applied Arts in Brno, collaborated with the film studio in Zlín during his studies and helped create the film The Invention of Destruction by director Karel Zeman. He worked as a photographer in Barrandov’s film studios, in 1964 he completed his photography studies at FAMU.
From the end of the 1950s, he contributed photographs to various magazines, especially Young World, collaborated with film, photographed horses and races, and devoted himself to advertising photography. From 1989 he taught for 20 years at FAMU, from 2005 to 2018 he also taught photography at Tomas Bata University in Zlín. A big topic of his work was the documentation of places where concentration camps stood.