New Wave of SAM

Aftre succsesful presentation of our New Wave of SAM  at Czech Open-air PHOTO festival together with organizers we`ve have decided to folllow the dramaturgic line. Five photograpgers selected by festival art comittee FURIE and SAM magazine will be given much more space and they will become a major photographers of the festival with an opportunity to lead their own workshops and present their artistic evolution.

Let`s follow the list of these great artists.

Dia Takácsová

© Dia Takácsová

Through photography, Dia Takacs mostly captures emotions connected with nature. There are signs of melancholy and quaintness in her work. She looks for exceptional places and people, in both cases preferring unusualness and kind of a special aura. She also revels in minimalist form and believes that it is imperfection what makes photos more human. Dia presented her work in several exhibitions in Slovakia and abroad and her photos appeared on book and CD covers. Her commercial production, in connection with Tomáš Schiller, in known as Aeternus Photography.

Kata Sedlak

© Kata Sedlak

Kata Sedlak, a photographer with her own signature and a clear idea of how to visualize the objects she is familiar with. The author intentionally selects topics evoking strong emotions. The most frequent source of inspiration is her family, where, as a mother, she exactly recognizes the most accurate moment to reflect given psychological state within a scope of an ordinary day. She is an author integrating a photofootageinto a more social context. There were a few names in the world of photography personalizing the same idea, Sally Mann, a photograper of children, to name one, whose work resembles Kata Sedlak’s most. Kata has mastered the art of light and intimity and her trademark of breaking any stereotypical dogmas is evident throughout her work. Slovakia has a very unusual sight in photography and it can be said with certainty that we will hear about Kata in the future as she proved us with her photo story of Autumn 2014 depicting a gypsy ghetto, in search for her favorite aspects – interpersonal relationships and emotional swings.  -Matúš Zajac-

Mária Švarbová

© Mária Švarbová

Mária Švarbová was born in 1988 in Slovakia. She finished her university studies of conservation – restoration and archeology. She has dedicated to photography since 2010. Earlier works of young and talented author, publishing under name Maria Svarbova are resembling a dream like reality with elements of surrealism and Art Nouveau. Her latest photographs focus on delivering a message and triggering feelings with focus on minimalism and purity. She is a very distinctive photographer, who can present a vast porfolio of high quality. Maria has also won various prestigious awards and participated in valuable collaborations such as signing off contract with american Vogue. Her photos were also used as covers for multiple bestselling books of world-class authors. One of her works was selected to be a cover photo of prestigious photography magazine DODHO. One of here latest successes is that one of her works was used as cover photo for Czech photography magazine FotoVideo. She also won gold medal of excellence in the biggest photography saloon (TRIERENBERG SUPER CIRCUIT) that tooks place in Austria. Maria will be having an exhibition in Paris in the Sakura gallery, which will be representing her in the entire France and she will be in others 80 galleries around the world (YellowKorner).

Michal Zahornacký

© Michal Zahornacký

He graduated from Business College. He lives on taking photos of weddings and portraits and at the same time he makes his own thoughts and ideas into compact photographic projects. Recently finished series „Dream“was influenced by surrealism. Currently Michal works on a new project called „Poems“, connecting pictures with poems.  „Poems“ represent portraits of people with a profound thought which is supplemented by a poem. He has been working on this project with various poets.


© Sachtikus

He comes from Slovakia, Banská Bystrica. Currently he newly lives in Prague. He performs and works under name Sachtikus. Photography and his pseudonym have been with him for several years. Currently he dedicate himself to photography in professional way, mostly to reportages, concerts, and studio portraits. In the beginning of his work was heavy metal and concert photography in his home town, which used to be Mecca of hard music in Slovakia. A part of his work is represented by photographs with military subject matter, where a few times a year he turns into a soldier of Russian army from the Second World War. Essentials of his work and interest are people, no matter if portraits, photos from concerts, or Picture from bars or trips. He often supports philosophy of form above content, especially with portraits. He likes high quality of performance, technical perfection in editing, soft light, large printings, and beautiful models. He also likes expressions on people’s faces, when you can feel emotions and atmosphere. Last but not least, he goes in for surrealistic themes, self-portraits, and macro of insect.

(Slovenčina) Nová vlna z Čiech a Slovenska prichádza

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We kindly invite you for the common exhibition named 4 VIEWS where 4 photographers are going to present their work – Michal Zahornacký, Martin Brojo, Jozef Sádecký and Ľuboš Ďurica. They all have been shooting the same 4 models. Photographers tried to catch each model by its own style, to capture feelings and emotions.

Exhibition openning takes place in the cinema “Kino Mier” in Povazska Bystrica at 5p.m. Exhibition will be openned until 12th of October 2013.