Jošt Franko is a young documentary photographer born in Slovenia in 1993. His work is mostly focused on long-term projects exploring domestic and international social issues, and his themes often touch on the loss of traditional values in the modern world. He believes that his youth and curiosity drive him to pick up themes that are easily and often overlooked. After reaching his legal adult hood, Franko started travelling to conflict and post conflict zones to examine and document the impact and consequences of war on civilian population.
Franko’s work has been among others published by Time Magazine, Newsweek, The New Yorker, Sunday Times Magazine, Washington Post, Al Jazeera America, The Daily Beast, NPR, National Geographic Slovenia and exhibited in London, New York City, Tel Aviv, Lisbon and Ljubljana.
By the age of 16, Franko won the Slovenia Press Photo reportage of the year award and later on joined VII Mentor Program, as the youngest member ever to be affiliated with VII.
In 2014, Franko was awarded an annual Watchdog prize (special achievements in journalism) for his documentary photography by Slovenian Association of Journalists. He was also selected as a 2015 TED Fellow, as one of the 20 change-makers from all over the fields.