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Apr 28, 2009

Petr Cikhart, Director of Photography, was born and raised in Prague.  As a 19-year-old Assistant Director, he covered the war in Chechnya for Czech TV, and was arrested and held hostage for two days by Russian soldiers during the assignment. It was his first field shoot, and he was hooked.

He immigrated to the United States in 1995 after winning a journalism internship at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. After finishing his internship and working briefly as a lobsterman in Maine, he moved to New York City to resume his career behind the camera.

He has lent his talents to several television programs, including CBS’s  The Amazing Race, which won him a primetime Emmy, National Geographic’s  Be the Creature, A&E’s Dog The Bounty Hunter, WGBH's Science Investigators, Throwdown with Bobby Flay on The Food Network, ABC and the Discovery Channel ’s reality series Detonators, and PBS’s Fiesta Mexicana.

He has also traveled to more than 80 countries on all continents for a variety of projects, such as Farmingville, the LA-gang documentary Gangs: Escaping the Life for Showtime, and Blindsight, which was filmed in the Tibetan Himalayas.

Petr has also recently worked on the fiction side of film as the DP on projects including the feature-length movie May the Best Man Win starring members of the Upright Citizens Brigade and the experimental feature film, Euphoria.