Maks Kunc (1930–1996), an outstanding nature
photographer, became interested in photography in Canada, where he worked as a
miner when he was a youngster. After returning to his hometown of Mežica, he
started working in the local mine. Kunc started dedicating more time to
photography and reading professional literature to further expand his knowledge
of natural history. For more than 15 years, Kunc was systematically recording
notes in the English language on the daily weather patterns, as well as his own
findings on the flora and fauna according to different seasons and
environments. His records and photographs contribute greatly to the study of
the local flora and fauna.
Kunc was mostly interested in micro-photography of
flora: the indigenous types of orchids, fungi, butterflies, insects and
beetles, birds, amphibians and reptiles, as well as small mammals. Kunc limited
his photographic study to the area of Mežica and the artificial lake by the
Dravograd Hydroelectric Power Station.