A Rusyn photographer Daniela Kapráľová, was born, curiously enough, in my hometown, Snina, eastern Slovakia, on the same day I was born, only some 25 years earlier. I did not find much information about her online and I have only recently been able to get in touch with her in person. She provided me with her biography and several photographs, some of which took me by surprise, I must tell you.
Her studies and work rooted her firmly in art history, museum educology and photography. She is a member of PhotoArt Centrum and cooperates closely with CEE PhotoFund. She worked as a curator and educationist in Andy Warhol Museum in Medzilaborce, Slovakia, where the second largest collection of Warhol’s artifacts is housed. She is now the curator at Sninsky Kastiel in Snina.
Looking through her work will leave you with a feeling of entering a very private world of people and moments you should not be seeing, but you are – through a very private eye of a photographer, who does not let you blink, let alone look away. She manages to carefully manipulate the angle and the subjects in ways that shake you out of your habitual perception of photographs, and eventually, of the world itself.