Mapping Belgrade Raw

March 21, 2011 § Leave a comment

BelgradeRaw is a collective of five photographers showing a different Belgrade. We don’t care about common touristic & glam stuff, instead we focus on real people and places.

Our goal is to help build a better, more open and honest image of our city. For that purpose, we use the following:

  • Our website, to showcase different sets of photographs (called features) from each photographer. This way you get an organized look into subjects or themes we find specially interesting.
  • Our Flickr group, which is the place for community of other like-minded photographers. We upload some of our own, but also invite other great photographs of Belgrade which we find on Flickr. Members can also participate in discussions and comment on individual photos.
  • Various printed matter – these include stickers, limited-edition prints, booklets and a bar-book.

* Belgrade Raw is taking part in ‘Mapping the Flâneur’ by ASA Collective and Wideyed at FORMAT11

Image © Andrej Filev

Image © Luka Knežević-Strika

Image © Darko Stanimirović

Image © Milovan Milenković

Image © Nemanja Knežević


Београд, живели!

November 8, 2010 § Leave a comment

On our way home from France, Louise met Richard and me at Luton airport so we could catch a plane to Serbia together to visit photography collective Belgrade Raw. During the week we were in their city (20th-27th October), we met with Darko, Andrej and Nemanja several times for drinks, dinner, a walk around Belgrade, and in-depth conversations about the work both groups would like to do together. The whole thing was productive, instructive and fun, so we came away really energised by the exchange.

We’ll try to add more later when we’ve all got our films back from the lab and our thoughts together… Meanwhile, some digipix © Louise Taylor.

This boat was our ‘taxi’ from our fantastic floating hostel, ArkaBarka, to Brodić, a riverside restaurant where we ate great Serbian pizza.

In one part of Belgrade they have real zebra crossings.

On the right, Darko, plus Richard contemplating adding to his already ridiculously large camera collection.

Belgrade Raw introduced us to dvafoto’s Matt Lutton, right, here showing photographer Michael Bowring a proof print of his book on Serbia.

From the left: Darko, Matt, Richard, Michael, and Andrej.

We were also introduced to young filmmaker Nikola Zecevic, who’s currently producing an interesting documentary about the creative scene in Belgrade, and is part of Spotlight on Serbia.

Teaser – Unnamed Upcoming Belgrade Documentary from Nikola Zecevic on Vimeo.

Wideyed’s trip to meet Belgrade Raw was funded with a NAN ‘Go and See’ Bursary 2010.

Road trip!

September 10, 2010 § Leave a comment

Everyone at Wideyed has been really busy this summer. Louise has taken part in a few group exhibitions, I’ve tried to complete some personal work, Richard and me have done a couple of commissions together, all three of us bought secondhand Hasselblads… and I can’t remember what else now, but it’s just seemed to be non-stop.

And the pace is unlikely to relent any time soon because Wideyed is about to go on a road trip.

At the end of September we’re taking a Wideyed exhibition to France. The show will be in place from 2nd – 17th October, in (and possibly around) a château in the heart of the Touraine region – wine country! During that period the three of us will be in residence and producing new work that we hope to exhibit sometime next year (exact dates and venue/s in the pipeline).

Then on the way home we’ll catch a plane to Serbia, and meet Belgrade Raw. We’ve already begun chatting ideas with photographers Darko Stanimirović, Luka Knezevic-Strika, Nemanja Knezevic, Ramadan Kompjutor and Andrej Filev by email, but we’re really looking forward to meeting them in person.

And after that there’s… oh, actually, let’s just stick with the road trip for now yeah?

Cheers, Lucy

Good news!

June 22, 2010 § Leave a comment

Wideyed have been awarded a NAN (Networking Artists’ Networks) ‘Go and See’ bursary 2010.

Launched in 2004, the NAN initiative supports and advocates for artist-led professional and critical development. Through its small-scale ‘Go and See’ bursary programme, NAN supports travel between artists’ groups and networks in the UK or elsewhere, enabling research, peer dialogue and critical exchange.

Wideyed will use its bursary to visit like minded photography collective Belgrade Raw in Serbia in order to initiate research and discussion about a possible creative partnership.

All of us at Wideyed will take part in the trip, which should happen sometime in the autumn.

More news later, when the arrangements are made.

Meanwhile, YAY!

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