I would never draw much attention. I would rather be silent, watching those human stories going on in the streets
Alexander Satinský was born on March 31st of 1963 in Ostrava. Growing up in the backyards of houses built in the social-realist style, he was captivated by the industrial city´s atmosphere and on his poetic walks through the city, he would feel free and unrestrained. He had been experiencing similar feelings while frequenting ice-hockey and also football matches between local clubs. After graduating from gymnasium, he decided not to go to college and he spend most of the 80s doing blue-collar jobs, working as a bricklayer or a turner at the Vítkovice rolling mills. At the same time, he he took photography lectures at the local People´s School of Arts taught by František Řezníček. While walking the streets of Ostrava, he would now capture the scenes he encountered on film. He got acquainted with the works of Viktor Kolář, Jindřich Štreit or Bohdan Holomíček, and took them as examples for his own work. In the early 90s, he began to work at the local Young Front Today (Mladá Fronta Dnes) daily editorial office. Due to that, he has been witnessing scores of important events in the region, such as the train-crash in Studénka or the arrival of refugees from Kosovo at the Mošnov airport.