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Martin Kollar

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Martin Kollar

Martin Kollar (b. 1971) is a Slovakian photographer born in Žilina, Czechoslovakia (now Slovak Republic). He studied at the Academy of Performing Arts Bratislava and has been working as a freelance photographer and cinematographer since he graduated.

Martin Kollar

Biography

Martin Kollar (b. 1971) is a Slovakian photographer born in Žilina, Czechoslovakia (now Slovak Republic). He studied at the Academy of Performing Arts Bratislava and has been working as a freelance photographer and cinematographer since he graduated.

He has received several grants and awards, including the 3PPP grant, Fuji Film Euro Press Photo Award and the Backlight Photography Award in Finland. He had the exhibited in various venues and the institutions around Europe, as well as exhibited abroad in the US and China.

Portfolio European Parliament

“Despite its image of transparency it is hard to see through, which makes our curiosity about what's going on inside, behind the curtains, only grow. As most of us have never been in a similar environment, we can only guess at all what's going on there, behind the scenes, and we build up our own virtual picture based on the official photo and TV images.

Through this work, I captured the world of those few who have the ambition and power to lead, persuade and play a role in the big changes which will in the end have direct impact on our daily lives. The world of state officials and civil servants has its own rules and protocols, and its symbiosis with TV and media, makes it a perfect embodiment of the aforementioned themes.”

Martin Kollar

Publications

Publications: 

2013 Field Trip, Mack/London, UK

2011 Cahier, Diaphane editions/ Montreuil sur Brèche, France

2008 Nothing Special, Actes Sud/ Arles, France

Exhibitions: 

Tranzit Gallery, Bratislava, Slovak Republic

Maison Europeen de la Photography, Paris, France

MOCA, Shanghai, China

Recontres des Arles, France

Nothing Special, Le Chateau D'Eau, Toulouse, France

Additional information: 

A series of Kollar’s images taken in Israel are featured on The Independent and also in French on Le Monde. This body of work went on to create Field Trip, his acclaimed book published by MACK. Field Trip was selected as one of Alec Soth’s Top 10 photo books of 2013, and was also reviewed by Jim Casper on LensCulture, Tom Leininger on photo-eye, Adam Bell on fototazo and Klaus Pichner on photobookstore