Croatian War Photography from the Archives of Slobodna Dalmacija, 1991-1992
The exhibition was organised to make Victory and Homeland Gratitude Day and Croatian Defenders’ Day, as well as the 6th anniversary of the opening of the exhibition Dubrovnik in the Homeland War 1991-1995 in Fort Imperial on Srđ.
This was a second thematic exhibition from a project devoted to the collection, processing and study of Croatian war photography, presenting the results of research carried out in the unfailing source of what must be the best quality shots from the Homeland War. The richness of the archives of Slobodna Dalmacija springs from the fact that at the time of the aggression against the Republic of Croatia it was one of the most influential national papers, with one of the biggest circulations, which through its tradition and strength was able to call on the work of all the most important Croatian photographic names. In addition, Slobodna Dalmacija brought together what are for today’s conditions an unimaginably large number of talented Split photographers of the younger generation and, through numerous correspondents from the whole of Dalmatia, acknowledged photographers and camera fans.
More than two hundred selected documentary and art photographs are presented, the work of leading Croatian war photographers: Matko Biljak, Mile Kovač, Zeljko Maganjić and Božidar Vukičević. Also shown are a fairly large number of excellent news stories published in Slobodna Dalmacija in 1991 to 1992, today first rate historical sources, without which it would be impossible to deal with the study of this period of our recent history at a scholarly and professional level.
Exhibition devised and designed by: Varina Jurica Turk and Mišo Đuraš