“The marvels of daily life are so exciting;
no movie director can arrange the unexpected
that you find in the street.”
My name is Mary Crnkovic Pilas and I was born and raised in Sydney, Australia. I moved to Zagreb in 1992 after completing my B.A. majoring in Music and French and have been here ever since. As I had always had an interest in photography, I attended analogue photography courses at the Zagreb Photo Club in 1995 to improve my skills. However, due to work and family obligations, I hung up my camera for many years but once again took up photography after completing the Camino de Santiago, walking from Porto to Santiago de Compostela, in 2016. I once again attended courses at the Zagreb Photo Club, this time in digital photography.
I am most interested in black and white street and documentary photography and like to document ordinary everyday people and scenes. I firmly believe that a picture should be worth a thousand words and aim to tell stories through each photo and series of photos I make.
Many people ask me the meaning behind “The Marvels of Daily Life”. It is based on a quote by one of my favourite photographers, Robert Doisneau, which perfectly sums up my philosophy on street photography – “The marvels of daily life are so exciting; no movie director can arrange the unexpected that you find in the street.”
I have won numerous awards and have been exhibited in Zagreb Photo Club, Rijeka Photo Club, Dakovo Library, Dubrava Photo Gallery, the Goran Terzic Memorial Photo Contest, F.I.A.P., The Other Hundred exhibition in Hong Kong, etc.
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