Sarajevo: The Photo Essay

Sarajevo, the capital of Bosnia and Hercegovina, is a city of contrasts. Its diverse history tied what was separated for centuries, different nations, religions and traditions. But not for long. 

The explosive nature of opposing elements firstly led to the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria in 1914, which initiated the I. World War. The city survived both world wars and became the capital of newly established Socialist Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina, a federal unit of the more prominent Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. Thriving on progress, citizens lived in peace, Sarajevo being the only capital city in Europe with mosque, synagogue, Catholic and Orthodox church all built in the proximity.

During the disintegration of Yugoslavia, the Socialist Republic of Bosnia and Hercegovina declared independence, but since there was a significant number of disagreeing Bosnian Serbs living in the country, the war erupted. The siege of Sarajevo lasted for 1,425 days, from April 1992 to February 1996, becoming the most protracted siege of capital in the history of modern world. Nearly 14.000 people were killed during the siege, one-seventh of 100.000 souls lost in the entire Bosnian war. The trauma is still written in every pore of the city, with citizens regardless continuing to revive Sarajevo’s rich legacy.

 

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47 Comments

  1. November 23, 2017
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    I love BnW pics, they seem to capture so much more of the soul of a place. Thanks for posting πŸ™‚

    • November 23, 2017
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      I have a set of photos in colors also, but these just did’t quite fit in! They have a different vibe …

  2. November 23, 2017
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    prima slike, ki dobro odraΕΎajo duΕ‘o mesta

  3. Sarah
    November 23, 2017
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    Really lovely photos. They reflect well the history you shared.

    • November 23, 2017
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      A sad history, but such special people and place … <3

  4. November 23, 2017
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    You have really beautiful pictures. I was in Bosnia and Hercogavina a few years ago to see Mostar, and Sarajevo is still on my bucketlist.

    • November 23, 2017
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      Good, because it is really worth a visit! Mostly because of the vibe and energy there, it can be such a heartwarming place <3 And the food, let's not forget the food πŸ™‚

  5. November 23, 2017
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    Beautiful photos. I love that you included some of the country’s history as it isn’t as much of a popular destination. I’d love to visit though

  6. November 24, 2017
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    B&W pictures gives such an unique feeling, I only knew about Sarajevo because of WWI but never looked more into it, so your post was interesting to read. I will add Sarajevo to my Bucket list πŸ™‚

    • November 25, 2017
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      You must definitely! There is also a different side of Bosnia, they sure know how to enjoy themselves, through the music, food and socialising πŸ™‚

  7. damecacao
    November 26, 2017
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    Wow. These photos took my breath away. Your choice to change them to black and white lends quite a somber feel to it. Thank you for sharing some information about the country. I know I wouldn’t have sought it out, otherwise!

  8. November 26, 2017
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    Beautiful pictures! Really interesting about the proximity of religious buildings to one another – I didn’t know that.

  9. November 26, 2017
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    Such beautiful photos. I was there two years ago and there is so much strenght, passion, and beauty amongst its people even with the sad history that they faced. Thank you for sharing this post.

    • November 28, 2017
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      I love how you described Bosnian people, spot on <3

  10. November 27, 2017
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    what a lovely collection of pictures. thoroughly enjoyed going thru them and reading abt the history.

    • November 28, 2017
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      hvala πŸ™‚

  11. November 27, 2017
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    Amazing pictures you have here! I love learning about different places!

  12. Laura
    November 28, 2017
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    These photos are absolutely gorgeous! I love them!

  13. itsboardingtime2017
    November 28, 2017
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    Love the history and how you chose to tell the story. Sarajevo has always been on my list. And of course, your photos are amazing!!!

  14. November 28, 2017
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    We have one of the largest Bosnian populations here in the US in St. Louis. I enjoyed learning the history, reading your piece and seeing the photos since i have many Bosnian friends!

    • November 29, 2017
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      How nice to hear something like that! I had no idea about st. Luis, but you can find Balkan people just everywhere πŸ˜€ I am preparing a longer blog post about Sarajevo so stay tuned πŸ™‚

  15. sundaytribeco
    November 29, 2017
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    Thanks for sharing some insight into this countries sad history.

  16. November 29, 2017
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    Your pictures are great. Love the black and white, gives more depth to the story.

  17. November 29, 2017
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    Such a touching piece i’m sure you know this already, but the BnW just makes it that much deeper.

  18. lifewithjoshandkristyn
    November 29, 2017
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    Beautiful pictures. Black and white photos captures the moment and gives a dramatic story behind it.

  19. You really are an artist! Your photos are breathtaking, and you make me want to discover that city now. I’ve never been to Sarajevo, but it is on my bucket list now πŸ™‚

    • December 2, 2017
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      Thank you <3 You won't be sorry πŸ™‚

  20. November 30, 2017
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    I’m hoping to visit Bosnia & Herzegovina next year. So thanks for this prior info on what not to miss and what to expect. The history is indeed dark & depressing. Your monotone photographs bring out the feeling so well.

    • December 5, 2017
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      There are also positive sides to BiH, you will see when you visit πŸ™‚ I am posting a second Sarajevo post in few days with much more info, stay tuned <3

  21. December 1, 2017
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    There is something mystical about black-and-white photographs, and I’ve glad I visited your post. They are gorgeous! I want to try it with my phone πŸ™‚

    • December 5, 2017
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      Nothing beats classics πŸ™‚

  22. ryetalkstotheworld
    December 1, 2017
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    I wish this kind of historical event would appear more in popular history books. It has had a huge impact, but, politically speaking, it was deemed unimportant. Thanks for sharing your photos of Sarajevo.

    • December 5, 2017
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      Couldn’t agree more!! There is a lot of events that are still kept under rug happening even today, that is why it’s important what topics do we chose for our blogs .. πŸ™‚

  23. December 2, 2017
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    It’s good to know some historical background about Sarajevo. Actually it is one of the places we intend to visit when we will take the ‘Tour of Balkans’. Hopefully we can do it soon. Love the black and white photos. Very classic and captivating. πŸ™‚

    • December 5, 2017
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      The tour of Balkans can not happen without visiting Sarajevo for sure!! It is a must πŸ™‚

  24. December 2, 2017
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    I have seen various photo essays that are full of colour. This one is perfect one for the topic and it is actually a tribute to the city and it’s past. You have done wonders with these BNW pics each looks like it is narrating a story!

  25. December 2, 2017
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    That is quite an interesting post. Loved your perspective of black and white images. They are just amazing.

  26. December 3, 2017
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    I love black and white photos! I think they really show some much more emotion!

  27. annalisanuttall
    December 3, 2017
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    Beautiful B&W photos. I should show these to my photographer husband. xx

  28. December 4, 2017
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    Love your conceptualization of photos. And black and white is always charming. Great job done.

  29. This is truly a great place, which is also rich in history. I always find it interesting to traipse my feet in a historical place like this. I will surely penned this on my bucket list. I as well love how you have captured your stunning photos.

  30. December 18, 2017
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    wow such stunning photos…what camera do u use? and did u take nay course or u learned it on your own?

    • December 21, 2017
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      Thank you! I use Canon PowerShot SX30 IS, which is quite old. I took no courses, that is why I have a really bad theoretical knowledge about photography … But I fake it till I make it, haha πŸ˜€

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