SLOVAKIA, Banská Bystrica : Members of the Russian group Alexanders warm up as they attend ceremonies to commemorate 70 years anniversary of the Slovakia’s National Uprising (SNP) at the Museum of SNP in the central Slovak town of Banska Bystrica on August 29,2014.The SNP celebrations at Banska Bystrica attended many foreign delegations along with thousands of Slovaks.The Slovak National Uprising belongs to the largest armed resistance activities, which took place on the “German” territory during the World War II. Within two months, nearly sixty thousand soldiers and about eighteen thousand guerrillas were defending a compact region in Central Slovakia against German troops. AFP PHOTO/JOE KLAMAR


Michal Zahornacky was born in 1988 in Povazska Bystrica where he also currently lives and works. He bought his first camera in 2010 and since 2011 he is active in the world of photography. You can find his work on Slovak as well as on foreign web portals, which are dedicated to photography. His favourite focus of activity is black and white photography. You can find a lot of emotions in his portraits, usually showed in depressive atmosphere. The light and the darkness play the main role and create the spirit of the picture. He focuses on capturing the world of human and the space around… in the same time Michal invites the viewer to listen to the silence of the world and a man.
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Slovak Resistance soldiers of the 18th Anti-Aircraft Artillery Battery are pictured during the Slovak National Uprising in autumn 1944. The Slovak National Uprising (Slovak: Slovenské národné povstanie, or, SNP)  was an armed insurrection organized by the Slovak Resistance launched on 29 August 1944 from Banská Bystrica in an attempt to overthrow the Axis collaborationist client state of the Slovak Republic. Although the rebel forces were defeated by Germany on 28 October 1944, guerrilla warfare continued until the Soviet Army, Czechoslovak Army and Romanian Army liberated Slovakia in 1945. Banská Bystrica, Banská Bystrica Region, Slovak Republic (Slovakia). October 1944.  

"I come from the famous Ciudad Juárez. I had a very tranquil childhood, although with few resources, but happy. We used to dance in the street, skateboard or bike and stuff. I remember at this time Juárez was a very quiet town with many Americans who came over to enjoy the nightlife. In 1995 we moved to a house into a rather unpleasant neighborhood called ‘La colonia Revolución Mexicana’. It was full of gangs and I remember staying at home avoiding the streets, but I got used to it somehow and made some friends from the gangs as well. In the time period around 1998 national rap was very strong but soon we were invaded by electro from Europe and the US, graffiti, fashion and everything was really fresh. It was a good epoch for the whole city. Everything was a big fiesta with lots of clubs, culture and fun with good atmosphere.”

“The break dance has already reached the border, but it was until 1999 when a guy came to our hood and began dancing on a corner. I watched him dance and fell in love with this new style at the first sight. From this moment on I stopped to hang around in the streets and started to practice every day with a friend. Everybody was brakedancing.”

“There were many battles during the years of 1999-2002, contests throughout the city were made, even remembering these make me feel better. ”

“At the end of 2002 everything changed, it became something else but it wasn’t art anymore. I started to go around different cities in order to dance but until 2006 I stopped dancing completely and left the school as well, because I didn’t want to work in a ‘maquiladora’ ( there are more than 300 maquiladoras - assembly plants located in and around the city) as everyone else and live a sheltered life. I went to work to a club with a good pay. After months of working my life stabilized and soon I had more time to practice. I participated in some national dance competitions and even made it to Europe. Once in Spain in 2008 and then in Porto for the competition called Eurobattle. Until this year I have already got to know many drug traffickers whom I met where I worked. Some were good people, some bad, some were sick in the head, but in the end all of them had loads of money, which through their tips allowed me to continue traveling and learning.”


“Vengo de la famosa ciudad Juárez. Tuve una infancia muy tranquila aunque con pocos recursos pero feliz. Con amigos bailábamos en la calle, hicimos patineta o bicicleta y cosas así. Recuerdo que en esta época Juárez era una ciudad muy tranquila con muchos Americanos que asistían a disfrutar de la vida nocturna. En el año 1995 nos cambiamos de casa a un barrio no muy agradable llamado la colonia Revolución Mexicana. Era llena de pandillas y me acuerdo que no salía mucho a la calle, pero me acostumbre con tiempo y me hice amigos con muchos de ellos también. En época alrededor de 1998 el rap nacional era muy fuerte pero pronto nos invadió la música electro de Europa y de USA, el grafiti, la moda y todo era bien fresco, una buena época para toda la ciudad. Todo era fiesta con muchas discotecas, cultura y diversión con buen ambiente.”

“El break dance llego a la frontera pero no fue hasta 1999 cuando un chavo llego al barrio donde vivía y empezó a bailar en una esquina. Lo mire bailar y fue como amor a primera vista, a partir de ahí deje de estar en las esquinas para irme con mi amigo a practicar todos los días. Todos bailaban breaking.”

“Entre 1999 hasta 2002 se hacían batallas y concursos en toda la ciudad, hasta recordarlo me hace sentir mejor. ”

“Al final del año 2002 cambio todo, el breaking se descompuso, todo era otra cosa pero no arte. Para continuar salía a otras ciudades pero hasta el 2006 deje de dedicarme al baile completamente y deje también la escuela porque no quería trabajar en una maquiladora y vivir una vida encerrada. Me fui a trabajar a una disco con buen pago. Pronto tuve más tiempo para practicar y me alcanzó a ir a los concursos de baile nacionales y hasta logré llegar a Europa. Una vez a España en 2008 y otra vez a Porto a la competencia llamada Eurobattle. Hasta este año ya conocí muchos narcotraficantes que iban a lugar donde yo trabajaba. Algunos eran buenas personas, otros malos, otros estaban enfermos de la cabeza, pero al fin todos tenían mucho dinero, lo cual me dejaban bastante propinaba para seguir viajando y aprendiendo.”


met him on a bus in Banská Bystrica [ SLOVAKIA ]

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