Jitka Hanzlová was born in 1958 in Nachod, Czech Republic. She lives and works in Essen, Germany, as a freelance artistic photographer. Having fled in 1982, in 1983 she sought asylum in Germany. From 1987 to 1994 Hanzlová studied Communications Design, majoring in Photography at the Folkwang University of Essen, where she obtained her diploma in 1994. She was awarded the Otto-Steinert-Preis in 1993, the German Photography Prize / European Photography Award in 1995. Jitka Hanzlová was short-listed for the Citybank Photography Prize in 1999 and 2002, and was awarded various artistic fellowships between 1995 and 1997. She received the Grand Prix Award in Arles in 2003. In 2007 she was awarded the Prix BMW for contemporary photography at Paris Photo. Her work is featured in internationally renowned collections and has been shown in important group exhibitions, most recently at S.M.A.K in Gent, Belgium, at the Kunstmuseum Krefeld and at the Albertina Museum, Vienna.