“Živorad Vučić – witness of time”

March 19th - 30th, 2013


The retrospective exhibition of the legendary Tanjug’s photo reporter Živorad Žika Vučić will be held at the O3ONE Gallery, March 19th – 30th, and the opening ceremony is on Tuesday, March 19th, at 19h.

For 27 years Vučić followed the president of the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (SFRY) Josip Broz Tito, and he was remembered as a photojournalist who was accredited to his Cabinet. However, he also recorded social, cultural and sports events with his photo objective…

The exhibition called “Živorad Vučić – witness of the time”, is only a small part of what he recorded with a sharp eye and his lens. In addition to the famous Sofia Loren, there are Karlo Ponte, Mira Sanjin, Mira Stupica, Fidel Castro, Josip Broz Tito, Jovanka Broz, Luj Armstrong, Che Guevara, Leonid Brezhnev, and others. The exhibition will also include Vucic’s portrait of Tito, who, after the death of Josip Broz, was found in all the newspapers, buses, shops, photographs carried by the citizens of the former SFRY.

Vucić has been a photographer for 75 years, he is a witness of an epoch, a time that some people remember with nostalgia, a time when people laughed more and argued less. Always elegant, in a suit, with a tie, during his working life Vučić visited 62 countries, as well as the SFRY from the Vardar to the Triglav, recording the most important events that Tanjug forwarded to all the newspapers across the country.

Thanks to him today we can see a bit of history, to revive the events that marked the second half of the 20th century. Vucic began working in Tanjug in 1949, when photographs were developed manually in the former Yugoslav photo agency (Jugofoto) in Belgrade and when they sent them to post offices outside the capital.

Even today, in the tenth decade of his life, photography means more than a written word for it, because, as the text says – the photo remains permanently. A photograph is a witness of time, dedicated to the exhibition of Zika Vucić’s photographs, and on what he did and recorded in his working and artistic age, to preserve the time, people, special moments, events…

Zivorad Zika Vucic grew up in the village of Periš near Svrljig in the former Kingdom of Yugoslavia. Born on March 19th, 1922, he graduated from elementary school, and then in Niš, he studies photography at Jove Ilić’s studio and two years of the Law and Administration School. In Niš, he took the exam for a photo assistant in 1937, then went to Zaječar in the studio “Foto Era”. He remains for two years in Zaječar and then he moves to Kragujevac in the studio “Foto Ana”, where he received the title of photography master.

He stayed there until the end of the war, until May 20th, 1945, and then returns to Niš, this time in the studio “Foto Simić”. A year later, for the next three years, he spent a military service in a special unit of the National Liberation Corps of Yugoslavia (KNOJ). He arrived in Tanjug, 1949.

Today, the photo archive of Tanjug News Agency contains about three and a half million negatives and is one of the richest archives of agency photography in Europe. Tanjug also inherited the archives of its predecessors: the Avala news agency, which existed between two world wars and the Pres-biro, since the First World War, so the archives also have photographs from 1912.