Miroslav Hak, 1911 – 1974, was first trained as a photographer by his father. From 1928 to 1931 he worked in Bratislava and Prague. By 1936, having exhibited in international salons, he came to the attention of Jaromir Funke. He subsequently worked as the photographer for the avant-garde theater D 42 and for Czechoslovak Film. His work up to 1940, belied an affinity to the Surrealists. And in the early 1940s, he was a founding member of Group 42, photographers concerned with the everyday reality as a reaction to the reality of wartime.