Arnis Balcus was born in 1978. He is a photographer, teacher and the chief editor of FK Magazine that covers Latvian and international photography. He has BA in Communication Studies from University of Latvia and MA in Photographic Studies from University of Westminster. Balcus emerged internationally in 2003 with his series entitled Myself, Friends, Lovers and Others, which was showing the everyday life of Latvian youth, using snapshot aesthetics. Since 2008, he has mainly been exploring Latvian identity, disappearing collective rituals, historical taboos and social-political agendas.