Jan Halaska was born on March 15, 1956 and studied at the University of Economics in Prague (then Czechoslovakia). In 1978, he emigrated to New York, where he completed a documentary film study. With his Nikon F2 Jan spent his spare time curiously wandering the streets of the US metropolis. After completing his film studies in 1984, he turned his back on filming and has since photographed passionately and extensively on his numerous journeys around the world. Jan has two children and today lives in Woodstock, NY.