Almin Zrno is widely recognized as one of the most influential photographers in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Born in 1966 in Sarajevo, remote from the world centers of photography, Zrno early discovered his love for photography and joined the renown photo club CEDUS, where he got introduced to the magical world of his future profession. He soon began showing his artwork in number of joint exhibitions organized in ex-Yugoslavia and at the age of 17 received his first award for best photograph at the state level competition.
Turbulent teenage years and the Bosnian war in the early 90's war kept him away from photography for a period of ten years.
In 1996 he continued to pursue his career, working mainly in the field of journalistic photography as the head of photo department for two local newspapers. This resulted with two awards for best published photograph, awarded to him by the Association of Journalists of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
In year 2000 he became a member of Association of Applied Artists and Designers of Bosnia and Herzegovina. In 2001 he created one of his first memorable works. Photograph "Mother of Srebrenica" potrayes anonymous woman from Srebrenica, for which a great painter Safet Zec stated that through it he understood all the pain and sorrow of Srebrenica genocide. For this photograph, Zrno received his first out of six awards for best photograph of the year, awarded by the Association of Applied Artists and Designers of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
In 2003 he organized his first solo exhibition "STAGE" in Art Gallery of Bosnia and Herzegovina. He slowly began to move away from journalistic photography and turned to other ways of expression, primarily nude and potrait photography. As the official photographer of Sarajevo Film Festival, he had the chance to portray some of the most prominent names of film industry such as Jeremy Irons, Mike Leigh and Rade Šerbedžija.
At the same time, he followed all the events regarding development of museum of contemporary art Ars Aevi in Sarajevo that gathers most significant names of contemporary art scene of the world. As a part of the team, he photo documented some of the most significant exhibitions that were at that time organized. As a result of that engagement, he started working on his first monograph "Vijećnica", published in 2015.
In the past few years, Zrno minimized his participation in commercial photography and got more focused on creating nude and fine art photography. Through it, he attempts to tell a story that ails the world inside of him.
He currently presides the Association of Applied Artists and Designers of Bosnia and Herzegovina and is an active figure in the cultural scene of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
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