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|1946||Born in Belgrade, Serbia|
|1968||Bought my first camera and taught myself to develop and print; quit studying veterinary science at Belgrade University and left for England|
|1968-1977||Lived and worked in London, doing various jobs and pursuing photography purely as a hobby; married in 1973 and had a son in 1976|
|1977||Returned to Belgrade with my family|
|1980||Employed as a translator by the state news agency Tanjug|
|1996||Left Tanjug to freelance for several organizations and agencies including Reuters|
|2011||Went into retirement|
About the photograps
I used my first camera, an Asahi Pentax Spotmatic with 20-, 28-, 50-, 135- and 300mm Super Takumar lenses, until I bought a Leica M4 in 1971. From then on I used the Leica with 35- and 50mm Summicron lenses exclusively.
I used mostly Kodak Tri-X film rated at 400 ASA and developed mostly in D76 diluted 1:1.
I printed only very rarely and very little, and for the next forty-odd years I had these photographs, taken in 1968-77, only in the form of contact sheets. Thanks to digital, I saw them properly as 'enlargements' for the first time in 2012 after I had scanned the negatives and post-processed the files.
Burnley 1970s - Café Royal Books, 2018
Huddersfield & Halifax 1960s–70s - Café Royal Books, 2018
Manchester & Oldham 1970s - Café Royal Books, 2019
London Leisure 1970s - Café Royal Books, 2019
London Streets 1970s - Café Royal Books, 2019
London Trade 1970s - Café Royal Books, 2019
Crufts 1974 - Café Royal Books, 2022
"In Search of Lost Time", Navigator Art Gallery, Belgrade, March-May 2019
Work shown at the Café Royal Books exhibition at the Martin Parr Foundation, Bristol, April-June 2022
Photo from the zine Manchester 1970 shown in The Guardian, as part of a review of the Café Royal Books show at the Martin Parr Foundation, Bristol, 2022
Photo from the zine Crufts with an editorial commentary, The Guardian, 2022