Noir Art From Slovakia: Photography By Milan Carnansky

Milan Carnansky, 57 years old photographer and writer is from a city called Spisska Nova Ves in Slovakia. He remembers his childhood and the time he spent with his father vividly:

“My father was an amateur photographer. He was always playing around with his camera, taking photos of family members or landscapes. As a child I spent countless hours in the dark room helping him with developing his photos in a dark room.”

Gradually, Milan’s defiance towards photography as a child transformed into a positive point of view of this art medium. “I always thought that the world was communicating with me and so I had a desire to respond to the world. I started writing prose, short stories, novels and tried to respond using words. Later as an adult, this resulted in me becoming an established author in the market and I published four books. My short stories were also published in few anthologies and magazines.”

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In 2007 Milan’s father passed away and among his belongings, left him his camera. Filled with feeling of nostalgia, he started taking photos; a habit which has stayed with him to this day. Milan is a fan of telling stories with his photos: Whatever portrait, still life or landscape which fits the narrative is fine. In his own words “These days I write prose through my camera lens.”

The root of Milan’s interest in noir photography is a curious one: “If we don’t admit that there is death, violence, or evil, we will never know what life is, or goodness for that matter. Therefore, most of my photos are dark, which raises desire in viewer and reader to seek the light.”