Yuri Dojc grew up in Czechoslovakia. In 1968 when the Soviets put an end to the Prague Spring reforms , Dojc was on summer vacation in the UK and decided not to return home.
Resettling in Toronto he studied photography at Ryerson University where he worked alongside Christie Blatchford, Paul Workman and Paul Chato on the school paper, The Eye Opener, as the Photo Editor.
Upon graduation he opened a Studio and began developing his inimitable brazen yet whimsical style. Commercially, through the 1980s and 1990s, Dojc earned a reputation for elevating the art of advertising while producing bold and memorable campaigns for a bevy of Fortune 500 heavyweights and style savvy brands including FedEx, Kodak, Apple, GM, Porsche, Canon, Club Med and Panasonic.
Meanwhile his personal work during this period, particularly his black and white nude studies, the best of which are compiled in his seminal book Marble Woman, and the vivid red, white and blue hearted kitsch of his American Dream series tantalized galleristas and catapulted Dojc into the imagination of fine art collectors around the world.
While already acclaimed as a master eroticist, when the prestigious Italian imprint L'espresso decided to collect the worlds best nude photographers in a series of signature books under the banner Eros e Fotografia, Dojc entered a whole new ballpark, making the shortlist alongside luminaries Robert Mapplethorpe, Man Ray, and Bill Brandt.
Last Folio, a personal journey to his native Slovakia, garnered a medal of honor from the Slovak Ambassador to the United States and photos from his travels in Rwanda, Dojc's first trip to the African continent, appeared as double-page spread in the French daily Liberation.
Dojc's work has been exhibited on both sides of the Atlantic and is coveted by prestigious museums around the world. His pictures grace the permanent collection of the National Gallery of Canada, the Library of Congress in Washington, and the Rothschild Foundation in the United Kingdom.