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Zelko Nedic

Born in ex-Yugoslavia, in an industrial city in Bosnia. Zelko Nedic showed early interests in photography in primary school where he attempted his first photography course. At the age of 18, he moved to Belgrade (Serbia) to finish high school. Soon after, he started to work as a hairdresser in a highly established salon, where for the first time, he had the opportunity to work with professional photographers on a fashion photo stories and music videos as a hairdresser and photographer’s assistant. His passion about photography grew into an obsession when he lost all of the images from his childhood during the Bosnian war in 1992. In 2000 he moved to Sydney where he now lives.

Nedic is a self-taught photographer with a penchant the space inbetween perfection and the pathetic, pondering the unchartered territory of what might be, the slightly dirty side of the moment. Nedic’s background is in hairdressing & makeup artistry for haute couture designers including Versace & Vivienne Westwood. His personal photographic

work opened the door to working with Head On to document the Mardi Gras Festival in 2010. His practice of documenting Sydney life saw him invited to submit work for the Australian Centre for Photography for the Subculture Slide night in March 2010. In 2011 Zelko Nedic was one of the finalists in Moran Contemporary photographic prize. In 2013 he was finalist in National Photographic Portrait Prize, National Portrait Gallery Canberra.

"We live in a world now where everything is turned into, produced, consumed and only exists as images. A characteristic of today's societies is that instead of consuming ideas as we did in the past we consume images so they are more liberal, less fanatical but more false. To save my artistic voice from our "advance" society a few years ago i gave up on my digital cameras and started working with wet plate collodion process combining it with hand colouring and drawings. The primary subject of my photography explores the relationship of women in male dominant environments."

 

 

 

CV

Exhibitions / Awards
2014 – Dead Ringer, Exhibit No.9, Group Show, Asbury Park, USA
2014 – Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize finalist, Sydney
2014 – Group show, The Dispensary, Sydney
2014 – White Shadows, Gallery Qahili, Group show, Prishtina
2013 – NPPP, Finalist in National Photographic Portrait Prize, National Portrait Gallery, Canberra
2013 – Naked Lens, group show at gallery Mercure, Sydney
2013 – The Story of the Creative, group show at See.Me gallery,  New York
2012 – Head On Photo Festival exhibition “ Naked or Nude “ , Sydney
2012 – Group Show Wonderland Gallery , Sydney
2012 – Sydney Fringe Festival exhibition “Retrospective” & video work “Silence V“
2012 – Group Show “ Collodion Spirit” Wet Plate Tintype & Ambrotype
2012 – Photographes at Gold Street Gallery , VIC
2012 – Sydney Fringe Festival , “ Retrospective “ photography & video art show
2011 – Head On –Portrait prize slideshow
2011 – Head On Photo Festival – solo exhibition “ The Bedroom Conception”
2011 – Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize finalist, exhibition at State Library NSW
2011 – Photography Master Cup – International Color Awards Nominee in   “NUDE”
2011 – Photography Master Cup – International Color Awards Nominee in “FASHION”
2010 – Australia’s Top emerging Photographers finalist in Architecture and Photojournalism/Documentary
2010 – Nude on Tap – TAP Gallery; Sydney
2010 – Head On -  The Mardi Gras Experience - Oxford St Sydney
2010 – Head On –Portrait prize Slideshow
2010 – Subculture Slide Night - The Australian Centre for Photgraphy; Sydney
2010 – Photography Masters Cup – International Color Awards Nominee in “NUDE”, PHOTOPAPER MAGAZINE, USA
2010 – Sunpellegrino  Cafe Society - Winner for Creativity work
2010 – PolyGallery group exhibition
2009 – Photography Masters Cup – International Color Awards Nominee in “NUDE”, PHOTOPAPER MAGAZINE, USA
2006 – Photography Masters Cup – Black & White Awards Nominee in portfolio series  “NUDE”, USA

Publications:
F-Stop Magazine
EGL Magazine
180 Magazine
ALT Fashion Magazine
Auxiliary Magazine
Bound Magazine
Chiffon Magazine
Desert Fish Magazine
F-Stop Magazine
Photoshop Magazine Australia