BPM 2022: Academy of Fine Arts and Design, Bratislava, Slovakia. Creation of Photo-book

17 May 18h
UK Parobrod

Kapetan Mišina 6a,Belgrade, 11000, Serbia

Academy of Fine Arts and Design, Bratislava, Slovakia   Creation of Photo-books • Image Narrative and Visual Storytelling   What is bookmaking? What is visual storytelling? What is visual dramaturgy? How do you establish a professional network of industry contacts? How to understand the photobook market across Europe. How to read images and how to tell your story with photography. What is the role of graphic design in the book and why is it essential? Why make a photo-book?   The online lecture will focus and open discussion on all these topics and explain what a photo-book is and show examples that can be helpful in the photo-book creation process.   Lecturers:
Olja Triaška Stefanović, photographer, Academy of Fine Arts and Design, Bratislava Slovakia
Juraj Blaško, graphic designer, Academy of Fine Arts and Design, Bratislava, Slovakia   This conversation will be conducted in English.



17. maj u 15,30 časova
UK Parobrod

Kapetan Mišina 6a, Belgrade, 11000, Serbia

The “GRAIN” association was founded in Belgrade in 2015 with a special emphasis on the promotion, development and production of documentary hotography, based on society and social engagement. Grain Association has organised several exhibitions by photographers and published a number of photo books.

Igor Čoko – Subverzivna estetika ulice, 2017
The aesthetics of the street from the perspective of a visual anthropologist that evokes the turbulent struggle of the metropolis and the province to the last drop of sweat.
Colour, 104 pages, 22×20 cm, hardcover, digital reissue.
Igor Čoko – Karaburma moj geto, 2019
Belgrade Bronx, Little Colombia, visual aesthetics of the street, the end of the restless spirit in a new, supplemented reissue over an increased number of pages.
Monochrome, 128 pages, 25×20 cm, hardcover.
Igor Čoko – Living Behind Bars, 2020
The story of the life of a convict behind bars in Belgrade’s central prison, published in English. Original books published
in 2016.
Monochrome, 128 pages, 25×20 cm, hardcover.
Igor Čoko – Štekovi, 2021
The story of migrants traveling through Belgrade during the years 2015-21, and their stay in all imaginable and unimaginable forms of rat holes, shelters and barns, while on their way to the EU.
Monochrome, 128 pages, 25×20 cm, hardcover.
Imre Szabo – Godine zapleta, 2021
A important photo-book on the topic of our downfall from Kosovo, Croatia, Bosnia and again to Kosovo. Lessons from which we learned nothing. A doyen masterpiece of newspaper and documentary photography.
Monochrome, 128 pages, 25×20 cm, hardcover.
Neven Grujić – JHaria Burning, 2022
Direct transmission from one of the largest and most polluted mines in India and on the planet. When you see these scenes, you will want to go to Bor on vacation. No kidding!
Monochrome, 104 pages, 25×20 cm, hardcover.
Miloš Stošić – Ljudi govore, 2022
I will not curse you out loud, I will make you read this book of thoughts drawn on the walls in which the whole vortex of madness of the brains of the local state of consciousness is hidden. This will be an important historical book in the future.
Colour, 128 pages, 20×20 cm, hardcover.
Miloš Cvetković – Bilo jednom na Azurnoj obali, 2022
Once upon a time, there was a seemingly free world and we as a nation were a part of it. Uncensored, directly from the crowd, the legendary Cvele recorded the freedom, decadence and hedonism of the Cote d’Azur in the early 1980s through the Cannes Film Festival and the Grand Prix of Monte Carlo, Formula 1 races. This historical photo-book provides a break before the upcoming book about Bosnia, after which you will really not be well.
Monochrome, 128 pages, 25×20 cm, hardcover.
Nemanja Ledenski – Sirovi rezovi, 2021
If a book describes the brutality of the street, it is Nemanja’s masterpiece. Escaping from the shackles of the capital, these images faithfully evoke the charm and raw immediacy of provincial life, striking between the horns and below the belt. This book will make your eyes bleed.
Monochrome, 64 sides, 20×20 cm, hardcover.
This conversation will be conducted in English.


BPM 2022: Photo book self-publishers, talk

16. maj u 17,15 časova
UK Parobrod

Kapetan Mišina 6a, Belgrade, 11000, Serbia

Photo book self-publishers
During BPM book 2022 we will be presenting several talks based around the theme of photo books. In addition to these presentations on books, by both authors and publishers from across Europe, there will be a fantastic three-day workshop and a photo book market.
We enter this world of photo books hand in hand with photographers, editors, publishers and organisers of photo book contests, in order to have a global vision.
Surely all of us who create photographic projects with our cameras would also like to be able to see our work on the shelves of a book store, art store, photography store or some photographic market in the form of a book. Perhaps it is a more economical way for people to take our work into their homes rather than buying original prints. Perhaps we can start dreaming that this may be possible, or even win a book award!
This talk will bring together several photographers who have self-published books. They will share their experiences with us, from the choice of the project, the narrative, selection of materials, texts, design, format of the book, financing, and the production of the book. They will also offer advice about what to do once we have the final book in our hands, how to distribute it, how to give it a life and make it visible within Serbia.
The participants are:
Dušan Đorđević
Katarina Radović
Siniša Vlajković
The conversation will be conducted in English.


BPM 2022: Anahronike/Anachronicles 1995–2020. Siniša Vlajković. Photo book presentation

16 May 16,30h
UK Parobrod

Kapetan Mišina 6a, Belgrade, 11000, Serbia

Siniša Vlajković
Anachronicles 1995–2020
Having lived in Beirut and Dubai and travelled extensively across the Middle East, Siniša Vlajković began to photographically record his impressions and experiences of this complex, multi-ethnic, multi-confessional, historically layered, turbulent but always inspiring part of the world, and to imprint his memories of growing up in the Balkans.
The title of the monograph Anachronicles”, a neologism created from the terms “anachronism” and “chronicle”, summarises the character of Siniša Vlajković’s photographic opus created during the last 25 years, and presented here in a thematically rounded series titled “Americana” (1995), “Time Regained” (2003–2008), “Genius Loci” (2006–2012), “Substations” (2007-2013), “Balkan Jazz” (2013–2020) and “Largo” (2009–2020).
The monograph contains 75 reproductions, texts by New York-based independent curator, Lara Pan, and art historian and curator, Jovana Stokić, as well as an interview with Siniša Vlajković by the Hungarian art historian Zoltán Somhegyi.

This talk will be conducted in English


BPM 2022: Weird World. Vuk Vidor. Photo book presentation

16th May 15h UK Parobrod

Kapetan Mišina 6a, Belgrade, 11000, Serbia

Vuk Vidor • Weird World
(Analogue Photos for a Digital Age)
Photography has always been a part of my life and of my artistic practice. As a way to fix time and create memories, as a source of images or help for my work with paintings, drawings or installations. Before smartphones, carrying a camera suggested a more dedicated approach to photography. You could use it for touristic purposes or as a way to document your life. An artist tends to use it for “artistic” purposes either in pure photographic terms or for their work. I did both by creating images for record covers or my own visual experiments which were conceived to some extent in a “professional” way, and on the other side by using disposable analogue cameras on a daily basis, small instamatics and the first little digital ones that you could carry in your pocket. These were used for memories, odd snapshots of daily life, events, travels etc.
In those days you would give your films to the photo lab and get the photos back in a box. Often some of the pictures had a sticker on them with the label “Non Facturé”, which meant they were considered by the lab as bad, out of focus, badly framed, overexposed or just mistakes, so you didn’t have to pay for them. This collection of images is based initially on those rejected photos which when put together create strange visual sequences of disbalanced moments and details. By setting them in a left-right layout, a dialogue is created between them and possible stories emerge. These images feature known or unknown people, self-portraits, places from all around the world and they create a strange collection of fragmented moments and memories before everybody became a photographer and started documenting and exposing their own lives on the internet. These fragments from an analogue age are the opposite and in clear contrast to the digital filtered artificial imagery that today’s devices provide to everyone. Somehow the analogue mistakes become more real than the digital perfection. And that way we can maybe return to something more artistic.
This conversation will be conducted in English.


BPM 2022: Photographic tribute to “Summer nights, walking” by Robert Adams

13th May 19h
Radisson Collection Hotel, Old Mill Belgrade

Bulevar Vojvode Mišića, 15, Belgrade, 11000, Serbia

The exhibition will finish on 19 May 2022

Photographic tribute to “Summer nights, walking” by Robert Adams
This is the second time that Бартcелона POP UP has organised a tribute exhibition to one photo book. The first tribute occurred last year when we organised an international group exhibition that referenced the unique photo book “Twentysix Gasoline Stations” by Ed Ruscha. The results were very satisfying and we decided to take the opportunity of arranging a similar exhibition as part of the 1st edition of BPM book, 2022. The selected book for this exhibition will be: “Summer Nights, Walking” by Robert Adams.
“Summer Nights, Walking” is an essential photo book that has been hailed as a classic. The first edition, simply titled “Summer Nights”, was published by Aperture in 1985, and included 38 images of nocturnal scenes taken in the region of Longmont and the Rocky Mountains in Colorado.
A re-edited version of the book was co-published with Aperture in 2009 and titled “Summer Nights, Walking”. For this revision Robert Adams added an extra 39 previuosly unpublished photos. May 2022 will see a new enlarged version of the book published by Steidl, an international publisher of photobooks based in Germany.
For our tribute, we did not ask for photos that were taken in Colorado, or for square format photos, but we wanted to keep the the theme of black and white photography and the essential spirit of the book, but with a wider geographic spread.
This exhibition includes work by:
Constance Langrand (France)
Dany Vigil (El Salvador) @danyvigil.lab
Dario D’Alessio (Italy) @dario_dales
David Alexis Jainz Aguiñaga (Mexico)
Max Klebl (Austria) @maxklebl
Olivera Radmanović (Serbia) @olja_radmanovic
Ray Knox (Great Britain) @rayknox_photography
Telmo Pinto (Portugal) @telmojgp
Véronique Van Meerbeek (France/Belgium) @ateliervvm


BPM2020/1: Maradona

June 3, 12:00
Sava promenada
Karađorđeva, Belgrade

We want to take a journey through the life of this football genius, Diego Armando Maradona. This exhibition will present an exclusive selection of photographs, both from the photographic archive of the Argentine News Agency Télam and of the Serbian MN Press Agency, plus will also include work by photographers Dragana Udovičić and Aleksandar Dimitrijević.

Maradona had three great loves: family, football, and his homeland, both Argentina and Latin America. Maradona also had a little bit of love for Serbia after his two famous visits, the first on October 20th, 1982, when he scored one of his most famous goals in the Little Maracaná in front of more than 95,000 spectators who gave him a standing ovation and the second, in 2005, when he visited for the filming of the fantastic documentary Maradona by Kusturica.

The material is infinite: we tried to summarise his life through photos that are already iconic because more than documenting just a moment they represent the history and feelings of the people.

If I die, I want to be born again and I want to be a footballer.
Maradona 1982

With the support of the Embassy of Argentina in Serbia, Télam Agencia Nacional de Noticias, MN Press, and Belgrade Water Front.

The exhibition will finish on 18.6.2021


BPM 2020/1: ECOSISTEMA CDMX06050 – Jacob Prado

May 19, 13 pm
Belgrade City Library
Knez Mihailova 56

ECOSISTEMA CDMX06050 by Jacob Prado shows the photographer’s rediscovery, during his return to Mexico City after two decades of living abroad, of the enormous amalgam of contrasts that characterize his vigorous society. As he wanders through the streets of this melting pot of heritage, Jacob Prado materializes and perpetuates complex, subjective and dreamlike moments of the dissimilar tribes that inhabit it. This photographic exhibition, a selection from the “Ecosystem 06050” collection, aims to be an X-ray of the place, an abstract and vital image that goes beyond logical explanation.

Exhibition by Mexico embassy in Serbia.

Please note that due to the Covid-19 situation nobody can enter the Gallery without wearing a mask as required by the Rep of Serbia regulations.


BPM 2020/1: Vanishing Point – Philippe Poncet by Olivier Gadet

May 11, 6 pm
Institut français de Serbie/ Francuski institut u Srbiji
Knez Mihailova 31

Curator David Pujadó

This exhibition presents a series of photographs by French photographer Philippe Poncet (1963-2015). Philippe Poncet trained as a professional photographer and also studied philosophy under Jean-Maurice Monnoyer, a professor at the Collège de France. Winner of the Agfa European Portrait Award in 1998, his photographic work has been published by Éditions Cent Pages, Le Monde, Qantara (magazine of the Institut du Monde Arabe). His work is represented in the public collections of the Bibliothèque Nationale de France.

From the seaside to the allotments, a vague dog barks, caravans pass by. It is a question of roads and breakdowns, of running and waiting, of wooden stakes and chairs. Here we see a wasteland, then huts. In the distance one sees the borders. The horizon is fifteen kilometres away, it seems. One does not remove their eyes from it. Something escapes.

The meaning of these photographs remains discrete, as if in suspension. Snippets of stories emerge; a tone and a movement emerge: variations, preludes and fugues.

Alone he watched the sky go out, dark deepen to its full. He kept his eyes on the engulfed horizon, for he knew from experience what last throes it was capable of. And in the dark he could hear better too, he could hear the sounds the long day had kept from him, human murmurs for example, and the rain on the water.
Samuel Beckett, Mercier and Camier

The exhibition will run until 3rd June, 2021

Please note that due to the Covid-19 situation nobody can enter the Gallery without wearing a mask as required by the Rep of Serbia regulations.


BPM 2020/1: Platforms – Natan Dvir

May 25, 7 pm
Dom omladine Beograda
Makedonska 22

Platforms is a series exploring the unique New York underground architecture and the people temporarily passing through it. Subway platforms seen from the point of view of a waiting commuter on the other side, present a voyeuristic experience geometrically dissected by the architecture of the space. Visually reminiscent of photographic filmstrips, the ubiquitous subway columns organise the space into multiple narratives. One needs to scan across in order to reveal dynamics between the passersby and see the complete picture. The platform becomes a stage where actors take their temporary place until the train passes and invites the following act.

The images in this series visualise the nuances of a self-inflicted isolation in an otherwise dense and chaotic mega-city. Interactions, or lack there of, manifest themselves in body language and spatial locations of the commuters observed. Overwhelming usage of personal technological devices minimise the potential for human connection even further. Combining a voyeuristic practice with a photographic strategy taking advantage of the stations’ architectural characteristics, the series reflects detachment, separation, personal spaces, individualism, loneliness, and momentary connections in the underground niches of an urban metropolis.


With the support by the Embassy of Israel in Serbia

Visiting hours:
Tue/Sat: 12 – 21h
Sun: 12-18h