Born in 1971 in Zlina, Slovak Republic.
Martin Kollar studied at the Academy of Performing Arts Bratislava, the Film faculty, camera department. He has been working as a freelance photographer and cinematographer since he has been graduated there.
Kollar use to work on long term projects and residencies (Eastern Europe, France, Germany, Israel). He has received several grants and awards, including the 3PPP photography grant, Oscar Barnack Award and the Backlight Photography Award in Finland. His work has been exhibited across the world, including Maison Europeen de la Photography Paris, Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin, Germany, Le Chateau d’Eau, Tolouse France, MOCA Shanghai China and Guandong Museum of Art in China
He has published three photography books, Nothing Special (Actes sud 2008) Cahier (Diaphane 2011) Field trip (Mack 2013)
He worked on several films as a cameraman, including Velvet terrorists (Fiction) Cooking, history (documentary) Across the border: Five views from Neighbours (Documentary, segment “Helpers”) 66 Seasons (documentary) Ladomirova morytates and legends (documentary), In the Box (animated).
Martin Kollar presented his work at the Rencontres d’Arles in 2007: Arja Hyytiainen, Martin Kollar, Mathieu Pernot & Virxilio Vieitez at the Capitole.