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Sudan, negative 2001; print 2008
Milan Fano Blatný, Czech
Gelatin silver print
From the series Photo-Mandala
Courtesy of the artist

Milan Fano Blatný

“The more you look at the image, the more you see,” the artist, known as Fano, writes about his photographic mandalas. “New worlds, new levels come up from the centre of the picture—and you can go deeper and deeper inside the image.” By selecting a square sheet of paper for these complex images, the artist also surrenders himself to any predetermined idea of up or down, left or right, past or future: “Everything happens at the present moment while you are viewing the image. Just unity. A circle with no beginning, never ending, inner peace.”

Fano creates these gelatin silver prints from his Photo-Mandala series using a labor-intensive process that does not involve a computer. “I believe this way I can keep the energy of the prints. Each photo-mandala is a record of one real moment from my life,” he explains. Many of the images are named for the places where the photographs were made.

Milan Fano Blatný (Czech, born 1972) lives in Brno, Moravia, in the Czech Republic. He began his photographic career at the end of the 1990s and has completed numerous bodies of work made across the globe, particularly in Asia. Fano’s work is included in the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Museet for Fotokunst in Odense, Denmark; Kiyosato Museum of Photographic Arts in Kiyosato, Japan; and numerous individuals. Fano’s work has been exhibited at the photography festival Rhubarb-Rhubarb in Birmingham, England; and at The University of the Arts in Philadelphia. Among other distinctions, he was winner of the FOTOFO Foundation’s Portfolio Review prize in Bratislava, Slovakia, in 2003 and was awarded first prize in the annual competition of The Photo Review in 2004, which was juried by Katherine Ware, the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s Curator of Photographs, who curated this exhibition. His work is represented by John Cleary Gallery in Houston.

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