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Dates:  1952, 8 August -
Born:  Yugoslavia, Vukovar [now Croatia]
Active:  Croatia
Website:  www.abadzic.de.vu
 
  
Contemporary Croatian photographer.

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Stanko Abadžic (1952-) is a photojournalist who shows a wide range of genre and themes within his work. Undoubtedly, this is because after his amateur beginnings, he achieved professional maturity working with the press. His professional photography was not just what the authorities liked, but was serious, purposeful and, at the end of the day, dependable work. A photojournalist working for the press usually does not have much extra time on his hands.
 
His black and white photography is instantly recognizable. It has an essential spark of purity, as well as technical precision, visual refinement, and interesting content. However, these qualities are not of lesser importance than what can be distinguished as the author’s unique signature: a distinctive vision and sense of skilled craftsmanship. His are works that directly address the viewer.
 
A native of Vukovar, Croatia, Abadžic had dedicated himself to photography by the age of fifteen. His early efforts were connected with the Borovo photography club, taking part in members’ exhibitions. The club also arranged his first solo exhibitions. He completed his studies in German, and worked as a correspondent for the Croatian newspaper Vjesnik.
 
Since 1995 he has been living and working as a photographer in Prague, which has remained his second love. He dedicates himself to his new home as well as to the Adriatic coast which he continues to visit. An exhibition in 2000 in the former home of photographer Josef Sudek demosntrated this. However, this was not the first time Abadžic had exhibited in Prague as he had already participated in the group exhibition Art Against Racism (1998), arranged by the Humanist movement in the Mánes exhibition hall. About one year later he took part in a similar exhibit in the gallery in the Rock Cafe club.
 
He has put on smaller exhibitions at the Jazz Club Železná and a solo exhibition in the Literary Cafe on Týnská street. With his exhibition in the home of photographer Josef Sudek, supported by the Republic of Croatia’s embassy in Prague, he introduced his most complex work yet. In 1999 Stanko Abadžic participated in the 1st Photographic Biennial on the island of Krk in Croatia. At the beginning of 2001, he received a prize at the well-attended annual Prague photographic exhibit and competition where he also displayed works from his Prague series.
 
Text : Vladimir Remeš
 
Solo exhibitions
 
2007 "Stanko Abadzic", John Cleary Gallery, Houston, TX, USA
2006 "In Absentia", Gallery Chambreclaire, Annecy, Franc
2006 "Light and Shadow", Gallery Photon, Ljubljana, Slovenia
2006 "Adriatic Routes", City gallery, Cesky, Krumlov
2006 "In Absentia", Gallery Vjekoslav Karas, Karlovac, Croatia
2006 "Adriatic Routes", Cultural Centre, Eger, Hungary
2005 "In Absentia", Gallery Cankarjev dom, Ljubljana, Slovenia
2005 "Signs", Gallery Spot, Zagreb, Croatia
2005 "Schattenbilder", Gallery Fototreppe, Hanau, Germany
2005 "In Absentia", Sala de Exposiciones Gill Marco, Zaragoza, Spain
2005 "Adriatic Routes", Gallery Ledeburske zahrady, Prague, Czech Republic
2005 "In Absentia", Gallery Moosgasse, Kempen, Germany
2005 "In Absentia", Gallery Focale, Nyon, Switzerland
2005 "On the coverpage", Gallery Meandarmedia, Zagreb, Croatia
2004 "In Absentia", Gallery Stolp, Maribor, Slovenia
2004 "In Absentia", Gallery of Photo and Cinema Association, Novi Sad, Serbia
2004 "In Absentia", Exposicao de Fotografia de Silves, Portugal
2004 "Prague", Caritas Fotogallery, Konstanz, Germany
2003 "In Absentia", Gallery of Modern Art, Rijeka, Croatia
2003 "In Absentia", Gallery Zlati ajngel, Varazdin, Croatia
2003 "Fotografische Erinnerungen", Galerie auf der Pawlatsche, Vienna, Austria
2003 "In Absentia", Galerie des Tschechischen Zentrums, Berlin, Germany
2003 "In Absentia", Museum Mimara, Zagreb, Croatia
2002 "Prague that I love", Gallery Ledeburske zahrady, Prague, Czech Republic
2002 "Prague", Art Gallery "Kupola", Zagreb, Croatia
2002 "In Absentia", Art Gallery Dubrovnik, Dubrovnik, Croatia
2002 "Photographs from the island Krk", Art Gallery Zvonimir, Baska, Croatia
2001 "Prague that I love", Gallery SPOT, Zagreb, Croatia
2001 "Prague that I love", Club of Culture ELITE, Osijek, Croatia
2001 "Prague that I love", Gallery of Photoclub Split, Croatia (1st prize in the competition of Photoclub Split for the b&w photography "His holiday")
2001 "Prague that I love", Gallery of Town Hall in Novigrad, Croatia
2000 "In the Mirror of Life", Gallery of Josef Sudek, Prague
1999 Literary Cafe in Tynska street, Prague
1998 Jazz Club Gallery in Zelezna, Prague
 
Group exhibitions
 
2004 Svijet bez granica - Exhibition of HT-Mobile, in Sibenik and Rijeka, Croatia
2004 Salon Fotografije Osijek, Croatia
2003 5 photographers from Rijeka, Croatia "Fototage in Laupheim", Germany
2003 "Praha fotograficka", Prague,Czech Republic
2002 Gallery "Spot" Photoclub Zagreb, The best photography of 2002
2002 "Fotosrecanje", Kulturni dom Gorizia
2002 "Gipsies", Art Gallery Dum Josef Sudek, Prague
2002 "Praha fotograficka", Gallery of Town Hall, Prague (3rd prize in the category Problems of Prague, 3rd prize in the category People in Prague)
2002 "Praha fotograficka", Gallery Esprit, Plzen
2001 1st prize in the competition Salon fotografije Osijek 2001 for black and white series "Prague,that I love"
2001 In the competition "Praha fotograficka", Prague (2nd prize in the category People in Prague, 3rd prize in the category Problems of Prague)
2000 The 28th International Exhibition of Photography in Zagreb, Croatia
2000 Czech Press Photo 2000 (The third prize in the category ART)
2000 The II. Biennale of Photography in Djurdjevac, Croatia
1999 The I. Biennale of Photography on the island Krk, Croatia
1999 "Art against Racism", Rock Cafe Gallery, Prague
1998 Exhibition Czech Press Photo in Prague
1998 "Art against Racism", Gallery Mannes, Prague  
  
 

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Getty Research, Los Angeles, USA has an ULAN (Union List of Artists Names Online) entry for this photographer. This is useful for checking names and they frequently provide a brief biography. Go to website
 
  
 
  
 
  
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