František Drtikol (1883-1961) was born in the mining town of Příbram, Bohemia. His father was the owner of a grocery store. He spent his childhood in his hometown and showed an early attraction for drawing and painting. František spent more time drawing and reading novels than working for the school. In 1898, Drtikol, a mediocre student, left school. He wanted to start a career as a painter but his father demanded an apprenticeship with Antonin Mattas, the local photographer, saying that painting does not provide sufficient security.During his three years as an apprentice and assistant to his master, Drtikol gained a solid base of professional practice.