Francois Zvardon’s stunning, large-scale photographic exhibition, ‘Iron Heroes’, travels to Nikel this weekend for the 2015 Petchenga Days festival (5th and 6th of September).
Zvordon’s ‘Iron Heroes’ was created in 2014 and first shown during the 2015 Barents Spektakel. The work depicts industrial workers on both sides of the border as the new heroes of our time, cast not in concrete but rather in images.
Born in the Czech Republic, Frantisek Zvardon has been based in Strasbourg for over 30 years. He became a full-time photographer after graduating from the School of Photography and Philosophy of Brno and Prague, and has worked with magazines and publishers all over the world.
An inveterate traveller, he has been awarded several international prizes, including the Unesco FIAP prize: A Better Way to Live, in Vancouver in 1976, the Agfa-Gevaertprize in Leverkusen and the Nikon Photo Contest international in 1983, the Olympus prize in Tokyo in 1990 and the UNEP (United Nations Environment Programme) prize in New York in 1996.
His photographs have featured in over 30 publications including the 19 volume of Bible 2000.