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Born in Czechoslovakia in 1947, Antonin Kratochvil escaped from behind the Iron Curtain, became an American citizen (in 1976), and went on to become an acclaimed documentary photographer who covered the decline of communism in Eastern Europe. According to the press kit, “He immortalized the…birth of Solidarity in Gdansk, the struggle of the workers against Communist rulers, [and] the break-up of the Soviet Union”—in a characteristically gritty, uncompromising style. So what is he doing taking celebrity portrait shots? You can ask him yourself at a book signing for his new book, Incognito—a brooding volume that manages to make even Celine Dion look like an East German dissident—at 7 p.m. at Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free. (202) 364-1919. (Garance Franke-Ruta)