Jošt Franko (b. 1993, Slovenia) is a photographer and visual artist interested in examining long-term and in-depth stories of marginalized groups and individuals. His work focuses on foreign and domestic social issues through interdisciplinary projects dealing with concealed, overlooked, and invisible topics. His practice is primarily based in photography, video, installations, and text.


Franko’s work was among others profiled by The New Yorker, TIME, The New York Times, GUP Magazine, British Journal of Photography.





Selected exhibitions


  • Pictures of a Landscape, Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art Koroška, Slovenia, 2019
  • Pictures of a Landscape, Sorbisches Museum, Bautzen, Germany, 2019
  • If Slovenia Were, Grad Rajhenburg, Slovenia, 2018
  • Ida and Iva, AQ Gallery, Celje, Slovenia, 2018 (solo)
  • If Slovenia Were, Voices Off, Arles, France, 2018
  • Shepherds, Belgrade Photo Month, Serbia, 2018
  • Shepherds, AS Gallery, Ljubljana, Slovenia, 2018 (solo)
  • Format International Photography Festival, United Kingdom, 2017 (solo).
  • Festival of Political Photography, Finnish Museum of Photography, Helsinki, Finland, 2017.
  • Contemporary Slovenian Portrait, Galerija Simulaker, Novo mesto, Slovenia, 2014
  • Contemporary Slovenian Portrait, Fábrica de Braço de Prata, Lisbon, Portugal, 2013
  • New York Photo Festival, USA, 2010.
  • Widow, Mežnarija Gallery, Mengeš, Slovenia, 2010 (solo)




Selected awards and recognitions


  • Lange-Taylor Prize, shortlisted, Duke University, 2019
  • Lange-Taylor Prize, shortlisted, Duke University, 2018
  • Documentary Essay prize, honourable mention, Duke University, 2018.
  • Pulitzer Centre for Crisis Reporting, grant, 2015-2016.
  • TED Fellowship 2015.
  • Society of Journalist of Slovenia, best photographic essay, 2014
  • VII Photo Agency Mentor Program. 2012-2014.
  • Slovenia Press Photo, photo-essay of the year, 2010