Photos Martin Kollar
Photo Martin Kollar

BerlinSummerWorkshops

Any Moment Can Be Something

Martin Kollar (engl.)

Martin Kollar, 1971 born in Zilina in Czechoslovakia (now Slovak Republic), studied at the Academy of Performing Arts Bratislava. He has been working as a freelance photographer and cinematographer.
Not without humour and originating from a country with a strong photographic tradition, he has chosen the still image to uniquely document a nation changing from socialism to capitalism and the nationalist concerns rooted in this transformation.
Immediately drawn toward the happy nature of colour photography, he offers us an array of amusing snapshots of situations on the edge of absurdity. Simultaneously, he is keenly aware of how to keep the necessary distance to properly reveal the bizarre.
This completely disrespectful photography is nonetheless celebratory, while maintaining a serious critique of our lifestyle and the way we occupy space.
Kollar usually works on long term projects. He received several grants and awards, among others 3ppp photo-stipend, World press photo, Joop Swart masterclass, Oscar Barnac Award, honorable mention, SCAM Rodger Pic award, Fuji Film Euro Press Photo Award and Backlight photography Award in Finland. His work has been exhibited in venues in many countries including Maison Europeen de la Photography Paris, Recontres des Arles, Le Château d'Eau Toulouse, MOCA Shanghai, Guandong museum of art in China, House of Photography in Prague, Month of Photography in Krakow, in Thessaloniki, Bratislava and Athens.
Martin Kollar is a Member of Gallery and Agence VU’ in Paris since 2003.

Photo Martin Kollar
Photo Martin Kollar

In his workshop Any Moment Can Be Something Martin deals with photography as representations of the world by making images of life as it is. Photography is a matter of of seeing. By taking the time to look carefully, and really see, each participant will work on his/her sense of observation and his/her visual curiosity and instinct.
The goal of this workshop will be to learn to tell stories through images and learn to translate what we have infront of our eyes into photographic language.
No one moment is most important. Any moment can be something.

Photo Martin Kollar
Photo Martin Kollar

Content:
- One-to-one interviews and definition of a photographic project 
- Analysis of the participant’s earlier work and assessment of his/her level
- Daily photography sessions
- Individual and group analysis of the previous day’s work
- One-to-one final interview

The workshop will be held in English language in a small group of 6 to 12 participants. The fee is 570,- € (incl. 19% VAT). All interested applicants should apply by email before June 19, 2012. Please attach 5 to 10 examples of your own work and/or a link to your personal website. You should also attach a short statement about your photographic skills and motivation.

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