"Swimming Pool" Photo Book by Maria Svarbova

"Swimming Pool" Photo Book by Maria Svarbova

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斯洛伐克攝影師 Maria Svarbova 對幾何美學十分著迷,自2014年開始,Maria無間斷地拍攝系列作品 “In The Swimming Pool”,以斯洛伐克在社會主義時期建造的公共游泳池為場景,大量運用簡潔的幾何空間及鮮豔的對比色調,同時透過重複的人物、凝結的動作及冰冷的表情,令舊式泳池變成夢幻的無菌空間,絕妙地以超現實的影像呈現復古美學。

SWIMMING POOL 是 Maria Svarbova 的首本個人攝影集。

Pages: 108

Sizes: 230 x 230mm

Weight: 0.9kg

Paper: Matte, Hardcover

Language: English

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Pages: 108

Sizes: 230 x 230mm

Weight: 0.9kg

Paper: Matte, Hardcover

Language: English

Isbn – 978-91-87815-157



關於 Maria Svarbova

出生於斯洛伐克,Maria Svarbova 雖然修讀修復與考古學,但她卻更醉心於攝影。自2010年開始,她的攝影作品就備受矚目,得到 The Guardian、Vogue、iGnant 等國際媒體的廣泛報導,Leica 更為她舉辦個人攝影展覽。


In the Swimming Pool is Maria's largest series yet, originating in 2014 and continuing to develop to date. Sparked by a hunt for interesting location, her fascination with the space of public swimming pools contributed to developing her visual style. Sterile, geometric beauty of old pools set the tone for these photographs. Each of them pictures a different pool, usually built in the Socialist Era, in various locations in Slovakia. There is almost cinematographic quality to the highly controlled sceneries that Maria captures. The figures are mid-movement, but there is no joyful playfulness to them. Frozen in the composition, the swimmers are as smooth and cold as the pools tiles. The colours softly vibrate in a dream-like atmosphere. Despite the retro setting, the pictures somehow evoke a futuristic feeling as well, as if they were taken somewhere completely alien. There is no disturbing emotion, there is no individuality in their stillness. The artificial detachment, created by Maria's visual vision, allows unique visual pleasure, unattainable in real life.


About Maria

Maria Svarbova was born in 1988; she currently lives in Slovakia. Despite studying restoration and archeology, her preferred artistic medium is photography. From 2010 to the present, the immediacy of Maria’s photographic instinct continues to garner international acclaim and is setting new precedents in photographic expression. The recipient of several prestigious awards, her solo and group exhibitions have placed her among the vanguard of her contemporaries, attracting features in Vogue, Forbes, The Guardian, and publications around the world; her work is frequently in the limelight of social media. Maria’s reputation also earned her a commission for a billboard-sized promotion on the massive Taipei 101 tower, in Taiwan.

Maria’s distinctive style departs from traditional portraiture and focuses on experimentation with space, colour, and atmosphere. Taking an interest in Socialist era architecture and public spaces, Maria transforms each scene with a modern freshness that highlights the depth and range of her creative palette. The human body throughout her oeuvre is more or less a peripheral afterthought, often portrayed as aloof and demure rather than substantive. Carefully composed figures create thematic, dream-like scenes with ordinary objects. Her images hold a silent tension that hint at emergent possibilities under the lilt of clean and smooth surfaces.

There is often a sense of cool detachment and liminality in Maria’s work. Routine actions such as exercise, doctor appointments, and domestic tasks are reframed with a visual purity that is soothing and symmetrical and at times reverberant with an ethereal stillness. The overall effect evokes a contemplative silence in an extended moment of promise and awareness—a quality difficult to achieve in the rapid pace of modern life. Maria’s postmodern vision boldly articulates a dialog that compels the viewer to respond to the mystery, loneliness, and isolation of the human experience. Nevertheless, deeply embedded within the aqueous pastels, Maria’s compositions hold to a celebratory elegance that transforms the viewer’s gaze into an enduring reverence for life’s simple beauty.

Winner of International Photography Awards 2016

Forbes 30 under 30


Featured on: 

The Guardian, EL Pais, Leica, La Republica, Internazionale, Vogue Korea, Vogue Italia, Forbes, Cosmopolitan, Harper's bazaar, Behance, Instagram, Instragram Russia, iGnant, Fubiz,  Him Production and others. 


Design Origin: Slovakia

images by Maria Svarbova


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