Jaroslav Poncar born 1945 in Prague, has lived in Cologne since 1973 where he has been professor at Fachhochschule Köln (University of Applied Sciences Cologne). He has retired in July 2010. Since October 2010 he is for one year as GIZ-CIM (German International Cooperation) expert in Afganistan to photographicaly document the cultural heritage of the country.
His photographic projects took him to Africa, Arabia and to Asia, especially to the Himalayas, Tibet, India, Burma, Cambodia and Afghanistan.
In 1976 he took for the first time an panoramic camera to the Western Himalayas - the antique Russian FT-2 - and since that time he specialized on panoramic photography.
At present he works for Fotopedia on an app on the Himalayas.