Stanko Abadzic was born in 1952 in Vukovar, Croatia. When he was 15, his father gave him a camera that Abadzic taught himself to use. He also joined a photography club, studied photography books, and attended photographic exhibitions. After marrying, he worked as a reporter and photojournalist to support his family.
When the Croatian War of Independence broke out in 1991, Abadzic left everything and fled with his family to Germany for what he hoped would be a brief stay. After four difficult years, during which he took few photographs, they were denied German citizenship and forced to leave. After moving to Prague, Abadzic experienced a rebirth and began exploring the city with a medium-format camera. At this point in 1995, he began to develop his visual eye in earnest.
Abadzic was able to return with his family to Croatia in 2002, settling in the capital of Zagreb. He continues to visit Prague to take photographs and also shoots on the Croatian island of Krk.
Abadzic’s work is characterized by strong contrasts of light and dark and an interest in patterns and geometric forms created by long shadows, brick or cobblestone streets, intricate ironwork designs, fences, and other gridlike elements. He seeks out children playing, people on bicycles or lingering at street cafes, and has an eye for graffiti, billboards and signs. One imagines Abadzic roaming the streets with a camera, always ready to capture a certain image. There is a strong sense of nostalgia and transience running through his work, due no doubt to his experiences as a displaced person.
Abadzic has had solo exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art Dubrovnik, Museum of Modern Art Rijeka, Mimara Museum in Zagreb, and various galleries in Prague, Berlin, and other Eastern European cities.