Jozef Ondzik & Tomas Leno - Rusyns
I was born in Czechoslovakia, and since I was young I have been in love with the eastern part of it - Slovakia. While photographing Slovak pilgrims, I was taken in particular with those from eastern Slovakia, those easterners, the Rusyns. They were somehow the most sincere, hospitable people, giving of the little they had. And so the news that Tomá_ Le_o and Jo_o Ondzik were preparing a book about Rusyns in Slovakia delighted me, as did the photographs they sent me. These gentle, serious photographs are extraordinary. They go against the trend of our day, when the artificial in photography is venerated as artistic, and brutality is all the rage.