Slovakian photographer Mária Švarbová creates hauntingly still images of women in Socialist Era public swimming pools. Her work on the series In the Swimming Pool earned her a 2018 Hasselblad Masters Award in Fine Art Photography. Her signature style merges cool stillness, a striking color palette and unspoken tension. Early on, her photographic work moved from traditional portraits to capture wider topics, generating works with unmistakably characteristic atmosphere. Addressing the loneliness and isolation of contemporary life, her work manages to be both non-sentimental and emotionally powerful. Mária Švarbová was born in 1988 in Slovakia. She studied conservation - restoration and archeology, however since 2010 she has been dedicated to photography as her main tool of artistic expression. She lives and works in Bratislava, Slovakia.