Photo © Dragan Lovrenovic

Photo © Dragan Lovrenovic

 

About

I am a photojournalist from Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. My interest in photography started during my time as a student. My initial interest was in documentary photography, and in the following years, this curiosity and desire to depict the truth manifested themselves in my career. My work is also influenced by my childhood experiences, which I spent in besieged Sarajevo during the 1992-1995 war in Bosnia. The war dramatically changed the physical, economic and social environment, thus I draw my inspiration from the need to document and show the changes in society and surroundings, social topics, as well as daily events and everyday life. In particular, I place a special emphasis on human rights, stories and emotions of the different people I meet through my work.

I use photography to document, explore and mark victories and defeats in society, as well as the achievements of the post-conflict society. I believe how in this profession it is very important to gain and keep the trust of the viewers and the community that sees your work.

I participated in several workshops held by renowned photojournalists and photographers. In 2019, I complite the VII workshop - After the Image: Making Books and Exhibitions, my tutors were members of the VII photo agency Philip Blenkinsop and Daniel Schwartz. In 2015, I completed the NOOR Masterclass in Documentary Photography, my tutors were members of the NOOR photo agency, Andrea Bruce, Stanley Greene, Kadir van Lohuizen. In 2013, I completed the Foundry Photojournalism Workshop in the class of photojournalist Ron Haviv, one of the founders of the VII Photo Agency. In 2009, I completed the workshop “Using documentary photography in media – how to present photography in a multimedia environment and combine it with audio-visual elements”, taught by Reuters Agency photojournalist Damir Sagolj.

Awards / Achievements

2018
”FOKUS AWARD 2018” International Photography Festival
- 1st Prize, photo „Don’t forget Srebrenica”

„BETA’S PHOTOGRAPH OF THE YEAR” competition for the best news photograph in South East Europe.
- 1st Prize, photo „Champion”

„Balkan Photo Award 2017“
- Finalist: Best 5 photos in category Sport, photo „Champion”

2017
„BETA’S PHOTOGRAPH OF THE YEAR” competition for the best news photograph in South East Europe.
- Finalist: Best photos of competition, photo „Under Armour”
- Finalist: Best photos of competition, photo „Swan Dive”

2016
„Balkan Photo Award 2015“
- Finalist: Best 5 stories in category Photo stories, photo story „Two decades of searching for missing persons”

2015
“Photograph of the year in Bosnia and Herzegovina 2014.”  
- Finalist: Best 10 photos in category Press, photo „Srebrenica”

„BETA’S PHOTOGRAPH OF THE YEAR” competition for the best news photograph in South East Europe.
- Finalist: Best photos of competition, photo „Family”

2014
“Photograph of the year in Bosnia and Herzegovina 2013.”  
- Finalist: Best 10 photos in category City, photo „A fraction of Sarajevo architecture”

2013
“Photograph of the year in Bosnia and Herzegovina 2012.”  
- Winner Press category, photo „Coal Miners”
- Finalist: Best 10 photos in category Nature, photo „Bjelasnica”

„BETA’S PHOTOGRAPH OF THE YEAR” competition for the best news photograph in South East Europe
- Finalist: Best photos of competition, photo „Coal Miners”

2012
“Photograph of the year in Bosnia and Herzegovina 2011.”  
- Grand Prix Award, photo „Violence towards the Romani”
- Winner, Press category, photo „Violence towards the Romani”
- Finalist: Best 10 photos in category City, photo „Unusual day”
- Finalist: Best 10 photos in category People, photo „Tenor”

2011
" Photograph of the year in Bosnia and Herzegovina 2010." 
- Finalist - Best 40 photos, photo „Das ist Walter”

Teaching Experience

• Guest speaker during the Summer school at the BTK Faculty of Arts and Design - University of Applied Sciences Europe
Berlin, Germany (2017)

• Workshop “About Photojournalism”, Post-Conflict Research Center (PCRC)
Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina (2016)

• Workshop “About Photojournalism”, Post-Conflict Research Center (PCRC)
Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina (2015)

• Workshop “Documentary Photography”, Pravo Ljudski Film Festival                                                        Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina (2012)

Photo Exhibitions

"Retrospective exhibition No. 1 - Photographers of Bosnia and Herzegovina ", Photo Gallery Jeliceva, 
Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina (2019)

"REFEST - Images & Words on Refugee Routes", Art Gallery of Bosnia and Herzegovina, 
Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina (2019)

"Street Life Balkans", GJON MILI PHOTOGRAPHY DAYS, National Museum of Education, 
Korca, Albania (2018)

"FOKUS AWARD 2018", International Photography Festival
Fier, Albania (2018)

"REFEST - Images & Words on Refugee Routes", International Photography Festival Organ Vida, Izidor Krsnjavi Gallery, 
Zagreb, Croatia (2018)

"REFEST - Images & Words on Refugee Routes", Passaggi Festival,
Fano, Italy (2018)

"Transitions", Congo International Film Festival, 
Goma, Democratic Republic of the Congo (2018)

"Transitions", WARM Festival, Skenderija Bridge, 
Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina (2017)

"Transitions", World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates, 
Bogota, Colombia (2017)

"Transitions", 625 Studio Gallery, 
Chicago, IL, United States (2016)

"World Refugee Day - Together for the most vulnerable", Square of Bosnia and Herzegovina, 
Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina (2016)

"Flooded areas in Bosnia and Herzegovina", Youth House, 
Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina (2015)

"My body: a war zone", WARM Festival, Children of Sarajevo Square, 
Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina (2015)

"My body: a war zone", Multiplex Ekran, 
Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina (2014)

"My body: a war zone", Youth Center, 
Brcko, Bosnia and Herzegovina (2014)

"My body: a war zone", Jazavac Cultural Theater, 
Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina (2014)

"My body: a war zone", Abrasevic Youth Cultural Center, 
Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina (2014)

"Sarajevo red line", Beyoglu Art Municipal Gallery, 
Istanbul, Turkey (2014)

"Objectively No.1", The Artget Gallery-Cultural Centre of Belgrade, 
Belgrade, Serbia (2010)

"Objectively No.1", Art Gallery of Bosnia and Herzegovina, 
Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina (2010)