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.

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.


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