Jaroslav Poncar born 1945 in Prague, has lived in Cologne since 1973 where was professor at the department of imaging sciences of Fachhochschule Köln (Cologne University of Applied Sciences). His photographic projects took him to Africa, Arabia and to Asia, especially to the Himalayas, Tibet, India, Burma, Cambodia and Afghanistan. He retired in July 2010. His main field of photography is travel photography. Until 2005 he was co-director of German Apsara Conservation Project at Angkor Wat. After his retirement in July 2010 he was in Afghanistan on one year assignment as GIZ-CIM (German International Cooperation) expert to photographicaly document the cultural heritage of the country.
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.
In October/November 2013 he had a scholarship in the German Academy Villa Massimo in Rome.