The Slovenia Times

Photo exhibition: Božidar Jakac


Born at the end of the 19th century, in 1899, Božidar Jakac was already in his early years known as an allrounder: he made prints, paintings, drawings, portraits and was also among the first Slovene photographers and cinematographers. When studying painting and graphic arts in Prague in the 1920's, he first got in the touch with the new media photography was at that time.

His first photos, which also represent the beginning of the exhibition in Moderna Galerija, are shots of his home town Novo Mesto. Jakac mainly used his camera on his extensive travels: to Paris, to Tunisia or to New York. He took a different path than Slovene photographers at that time, having more of a "street photography" approach to his motifs. He depicted life in the streets of Tunisia, Paris and New York with the eyes of the people walking around there, interpreting reality in his own way.

Božidar Jakac's time in the Slovene partisan movement also produced timeless documents of this period, not so much of the actual fighting, but of the spirit and the everyday life of the soldiers. Jakas himself never put too much emphasis on his photographic work, most of the photos were just recently discovered in Slovene archives and see the light of day for the first time.

The exhibition will be on display until 19th October.


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