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Michal Korta

Michal Korta

Michal Korta


Michal Korta was born in Poland and studied German philology and photography. He has been working in photography for more than 15 years. Korta works with press, advertising agencies and international cultural institutions. He is a lecturer on photography in Poland and Switzerland.
The main topics his work explores in his personal projects are identity, identifications and coincidences. His most important projects are: Former Russian Republics (2006), Kazakh Dismounted (about former nomads in Uzbekistan, 2010), Balkan Playground (2014), Cranium Animalis (Animals from a Distance, 2015).

Portfolio Balkan Playground

I’m looking for a new definition of modern Balkans. As the great photographers of the road, who travelled across America and created a significant panorama of the US over the last 70 years, I travelled across the United States of Balkans.

In the end of summer I hit the road without any plans, any expectations or date of return. I travelled across 8 Balkan countries. I was travelling by car, as slowly as I could. I slept in the car, I put myself in photography mood.
My mind was one-eye input machine. I sometimes step behind the shadow line and observe the reality. I created the series that shows people and places in that specific time in universal way.

"The Balkans are a cultural-historical and temporal palimpsest. Everyday life in the Balkans is played out on the pages of that palimpsest and according to its principles. The people of the Balkans live in many civilizations and timelines simultaneously – though of course they are not aware of this. The layers of Balkan history, its different identities, timelines, and civilizational models, have for centuries have fascinated those who have travelled through the Balkans but are not from the Balkans, because they can see a dual, quadruple, heptuple image that is not visible to people from the Balkans, who understand it instinctively, but know no other image of the world." Miljenko Jergović



Korta's work has been published in Herito Magazine, De Geus Publishing, Karater, Foto Kurier, Out of the Ordinary, The Boston Globe, Gazeta Wyborcza, Newsweek, Conde Nast and 2+3D.


2014 Warsaw Photo Days, Poland

2013 Prix de La Photographie, France

2012 BZ WBK Foto, Poland

2011 We want to be modern, Poland

2011 Fotofestival, Poland

Additional information: 

You can see a selection of Korta's Balkan Playground work and read a short Q&A on

Korta's photo story 'Centuries of Traditional Cheese Making' featured on

Korta's work was shown in the recognition exhibition at Warsaw Photo Days 2014.