Biography – Robert Marnika

Robert Marnika has been a photographer for more than 20 years. He has a wealth of experience in a range of photographic styles and services, from industrial and sport photography to portraits. He has dedicated most of his career to teaching techniques in the darkroom and to artistic photography.

Marnika has been running intensive photographic workshops for more than 12 years in Italy, Croatia and Spain, both with digital and analogue formats.

He has shown his works in more than 40 national and international exhibitions and he has published a book on his memories of the Croatian war (1991).

Marnika has won several photographic awards and in these last years, he expresses his immense passion for music, in particular jazz, portraying internationally renowned musicians.

“The essence of photography lies in its seemingly magical ability to fix shadows on light-sensitive surfaces. Normally, this requires a camera, but not always. Several artists work without a camera, creating images on photographic paper by casting shadows and manipulating light, or by chemically treating the surface of the paper.

Camera-less photographs show what has never really existed. They are also always ‘an original’ because they are not made from a negative. Encountered as fragments, traces, signs, memories or dreams, they leave room for the imagination, transforming the world of objects into a world of visions.”