Jože Suhadolnik

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“We used to travel from what was then Yugoslavia twice a year to Trieste on the Italian border to buy jeans,
Brooklyn chewing gum and 20 rolls of Tri-X (they were worth an absolute fortune and lasted at least a few months), and a Yugoslav custom officer stopped you at the border and humiliated you for the next hour.
I’ve been to about 1,600 concerts on my count; at my first, Siouxsie and the Banshees in 1981, I was able to walk near Siouxsie on the stage!
Can you imagine that today? On the other hand, people were arrested just for wearing a Sex Pistols badge”

Balkan Pank is an original view of ex-Jugoslavia counterculture during the 1979-89 decade, an underrepresented period of punk attitude without the uniform in a non-aligned Communist country, a group of people escaping a dictatorship through their own set of rules.

Jože Suhadolnik started this project when he was 13 year old. He was an insider of the 80s punk and squat movement and also an extremely promising young photojournalist, drawn to counterculture, alternative ways of living and genuine rebellion, his curiosity lead us to the hidden corners of in underground labyrintine squats and illegal gigs where he started documenting the vibrant energy of the nights when bands with names like The Bastards and VideoSex used to play.

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Product Description

108 B/W pages
Paper: Fedrigoni Arcoprint Edizioni 1.7 115 gsm
Sirio E20 Denim Perla 290gsm
180×250 mm
PUR binding
first edition of 200


Read the review by Jeffrey Ladd on Hatje Cantz Fotoblog

BALKAN PANK won the FIRST PRIZE as best East European Photobook 2013_2014 in the 24th Edition of European Month of Photography in Bratislava.

Interview with Jože

Born in the midst of the revolutionary 1960s in Ljubljana, Slovenia (Yugoslavia at the time).
Child prodigy with a camera, he started documenting the punk scene
in Ljubljana at the age of 13. By 16 he was working as a photojournalist for his first press agency and being published
in a newspaper.
Jože Suhadolnik has worked for Reuters, Associated Press and EPA, and ended up founding
the Slovenian press agency Bobo while working as photo editor for the leading daily newspaper Delo.
During his career he has had 30 exhibitions and published seven books


An interview with Jože from last august on Have Books Will Travel


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