Iva Zimova | Living with Cerebral Palsy

Jakub Neubert (31) was born with Cerebral Palsy, a disorder that affects muscle tone, movement, and motor skills (the ability to move in a coordinated way).

He was born in former Czechoslovakia, in an era when weak and ailing children (and adults) were hidden away in institutions, moved out of sight so that nothing would blemish the image of a perfect Czechoslovakian communist society. Jakub was lucky, he stayed at home and his family took care of him. He attended regular elementary school after the Velvet Revolution, with very understanding and supportive teachers and fellow students.

Today, Jakub studies at Charles University in Prague, specializing in Andragogy. He also works part-time for Helping Hand, a civil society association (Obcanske sdruzeni Asistence). This association fights for barrier-free transport in Prague.

Q&A with Iva Zimova

Photography is:

Photography is everything for me. It’s not only photographs though it’s the brass ring; it’s the people, the culture, the places and the communities. It’s the life, the happiness and the struggle. I am poor but my life is rich thanks to my camera and thanks to the people I meet and I photographed. 

Photography and writing:

A writer can be a very bad photographer but a photographer has to be also a great writer. It’s not fair.

Who left the biggest impression on you? 

There are many photographers they left impression on me, some of them are the famous ones like Josef Koudelka or Cartier Bresson.  But the most who influence my work was my ex-teacher, a great photographer and my good friend David Hopkins from Dawson College in Montreal.