Martin Strba (1961) studied applied photography at the Secondary School Applied Art in Bratislava from 1976 to 1980. He then enrolled at the Film and TV School of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague to study cinematography, graduating in 1986. He was part of the Slovak New Wave which inclined toward staged photography and the post-modern strategies of the 1980s. At the end of 1980s and the beginning of the 1990s, he participated in several exhibitions at home and abroad. Strba interrupted his photographic work in 1991 and turned to film. As director of photography, he participated in the creation of a number of exceptional films with directors Martin Sul k, Vladimir Mich lek and Agnieszka Holland. In 1999, 2000 and 2013 he won the CFTA Cesk lev award for best camera.