Cinematographers in Czechoslovakia started to come together before the Second World War. They founded the free organization of feature film cinematographers known as Cinematographer Section, having five to eight members. This Section continued during the German occupation and shortly after the Second World War. Among its members were Jan Stallich, Jan Roth, Vaclav Hanus and Jaroslav Tuzar. After the communist takeover in 1948, all efforts at professional cinematographers organization were stopped. Cinematographers had a chance to meet only within the Communist Trade Unions.
Only after the Velvet Revolution in 1989, could cinematographers form an organization. On May 1st, 1990, the first meeting of the Organization of Czech Film Cinematographers (SDRUZENI CESKYCH FILMOVYCH KAMERAMANU - SCFK) was held. Statutes and conditions for admitting new members were developed. Members of the SCFK included Miroslav Ondricek, Jan Curik, Jaromir Sofr, Jan Kalis and Jaroslav Brabec. On February 3rd, 1990, an inaugural meeting of the SCFK took place at Prague at the cinema PRAHA. The organization was renamed The Society of Film Cinematographers (SDRUZENI FILMOVYCH KAMERAMANU - SFILK). A board of eight feature film cinematographers, seven short documentary film cinematographers, two animated and trick film cinematographers, two assistants, as well as students of FAMU was elected. As of February 5th, 1990, the organization had 138 members.
In 1992, the Association was renamed the Association of Czech Cinematographers (ASOCIACE CESKYCH KAMERAMANU - ACK) and its first chairman was Kristian Hynek. On November 20th 1996, Mr. Josef Hanus was elected the first president of the Association of Czech Cinematographers. Josef Hanus remains the president of ACK to this day.
The Association of Czech Cinematographers is very active. Since 1996, ACK has held annual ACK Award ceremonies (CENA ASOCIACE CESKYCH KAMERAMANU). Its newsletter, originally called ZPRAVODAJ, is now found on the web site WWW.CESKAM.CZ, maintained by Marek Jicha. The Exhibition of Photographed Cinematographers is held annually. Senior members hold regular meetings with their colleagues from the Association. ACK is working toward the recognition of cinematographers as a profession having copyright protection.
In 2003, the Association of Czech Cinematographers was united with the Association of Television Cinematographers. Josef Hanus, Josef Spelda, Jiri Myslik, Jiri Macak, Marek Jicha, Josef Vanis, Kristian Hynek, Frantisek Spilka and Ivan Vit are among the board members for the Association.
The Association of Czech Cinematographers, ACK, is a member of the Federation of European Cinematography Associations - IMAGO.