“Photography is a way of feeling, of touching, of loving. What you have caught on film is captured forever… It remembers little things, long after you have forgotten everything.”
— Aaron Siskind
While the vast majority of the world’s seven billion people have not yet had the opportunity to travel to Slovenia, thanks to all of the incredible Slovene photographers working today, pretty much everyone already knows that Slovenia is the most beautiful country in the world! That might perhaps be a slight exaggeration, but without the talent and hard work of the ten photographers listed below, as well as many of their colleagues, it wouldn’t have been possible to publish THE Slovenia Book or any of our other projects. Narrowing the list of worthy candidates down to only ten was no easy task, but it had to be done. Without further ado, we present our selection of the Top 10 Slovene Photographers.
In 2016 Andrej won the Sony World Photography Awards in the Travel category, but he is a true jack of all trades when it comes to photography, working in the areas of press, sport, events, landscape and much more, always trying to find and expose hidden messages that would otherwise be invisible to the eyes of ordinary observers. www.andrejtarfila.com
The photographer and photojournalist Arne Hodalič is the Photo Editor for National Geographic Slovenia and an Associate Professor of Photojournalism at the University of Ljubljana. His work has been published around the world, he’s held numerous exhibitions and he’s also the author of several photography books. www.arnehodalic.com
Dan is an expert outdoor photographer. He specialises in mountain-landscape, outdoor-sports and wildlife photography in the Alps and spends most of his time in the wilderness searching for the right lo- cation and waiting for the perfect light. www.danbriski.com
Joco Žnidaršič was awarded the title of excellence in art photography (EFIAP). Beside his work as a press photographer he published numerous photo-monographs which have brought him a reputation as one of the most prominent Slovene press and art photographers. He has received more than 50 domestic and international awards.
Professional photographer based in Bled with a passion for exploring the outdoors through landscape photography, working on many fields of commercial photography, especially in the field of tourism, representing Slovenia in many publications and campaigns at home and abroad. www.jostgantar.com
Luka Esenko is a leading landscape photographer based in Ljubljana. He runs photo tours across the Adriatic and is most at home in the Julian Alps. Luka is cofounder of SNAPP Guides, an app to help photographers discover incredible photography spots. www.lukaesenko.com
Matej Vranič is striving to excellence and perfection at photo and video profession. His inspiration is to do something that nobody else has done before. His wildlife photos were published in National Geographic Slovenia magazine. He believes that with hard work and passion comes the success. www.matejvranic.com
Peter Gedei is award winning, internationally acclaimed photographer based in Slovenia, specialised in cave and 3D photography. He joined a local caving club in 1987 and a few years after completely devoted himself to cave photography. www.petergedei.com
PETRA DRAŠKOVIČ PELC
Petra is curious nature explorer, freelance photographer and nature guide. Her inspirations are solitude and light of wild natural places like the wilderness of Alaska or the beauty of untouched forest of Kočevsko, her current home. Through photography and writing, she express her love for nature and nature conservation. www.petradraskovic.com
Tomo Jeseničnik is a freelance photographer specialised in advertising, food, still-life, corporative, portrait and commercial photography. His photographs were published in more than 120 Slovene and international books (including the cover of the first edition of THE Slovenia Book) and in more than 140 magazines and newspaper all over the world. www.tomojesenicnik.com
Texts by Richard Schofield and Yuri Barron.