Martin Kollar (1971) Born in Zilina, Czechoslovakia (now the Slovak Republic), studied at the Academy of Performing Arts Bratislava, with the film faculty and camera department. He has been working as a freelance photographer and cinematographer since he graduated.
Kollar has worked on long term projects and residencies in Eastern Europe, France, Germany, and Israel. He has received several grants and awards, among others: a 3PPP photo-stipend; World Press Photo Joop Swart masterclass; Oscar Barnack Award, honorable mention; SCAM Rodger Pic award; Fuji Film Euro Press Photo Award; and the Backlight Photography Award in Finland.
His work has been exhibited in venues in many countries including the Maison Europeen de la Photographie in Paris, France; Recontres des Arles in Arles, France; Le Château d'Eau Toulouse, France; MOCA Shanghai, China; Guandong Museum of Art in China; Tranzit Gallery in Bratislava; House of Photography in Prague; and the Month of Photography festivals in Krakow, Thessaloniki and Athens.
He has published three photography books. "Nothing Special" was published by Actes Sud; "Cahier", published by Diaphane; and "Field Trip" which was released by MACK Books in 2013.
Each image in this real-life documentary photobook about Israel has a surreal edge to it. Combined, they build into a sweaty-palm, fever-dream composite of a society gone wrong. David Lynch would be hard pressed to create more convincingly weird images.
Did you ever think about the men who have to feed hungry armies out on battlefields? What do they do when basic food and ingredients are hard to find? How can they inspire their men on to victory? Photographerdelivers an eye-opening photo-essay from Eastern Europe. Text by Peter Kerekes.