Karol Kállay is of the most significant representative of the Slovak photography. He was born in Čadca in the north of Slovakia. He studied economy in Bratislava. He has been working in photography since 1945. He has worked as a photo-reporter, fashion, portrait and landscape photographer. He cooperated with major fashion magazines in Paris and Berlin. Today he is photographing for GEO Hamburg, Stern Focus, Spiegel etc. His photographic collections were published in more than 40 books, where the most famous are the books about Los Angeles, New York, Tokyo, Rome, Mexico and Slovakia. He won the UNESCO prize for his books Song about Slovakia and Los Angeles. He is a founding member of the picture agency Bilderberg in Hamburg and a member of the International Federation of Artistic Photography in Switzerland. In 1992 he was the photographer of the year.
Karol Kállay visited Macedonia in 1958 where he made art photos from the lake of Ohrid from the Albanian side. His photograph “Albania, Ochrid lake 1958” was sold by the auction house Villa Grisebach, on 24.11.2005 (lot number 1231).