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Branimir Karanović - Portraits of Belgrade’s artists

Branimir Karanović (1950. Belgrade), graduated in 1974 at the Faculty of Applied Arts in Belgrade, class of professor Bozidar Dzmerkovic. He finished his master’s studies in 1976. at the Faculty of Applied Arts in Belgrade, class of professor Marko Krsmanovic. He has solo exhibitions since 1974. (in Belgrade, Ljubljana, Venice, Thessaloniki, Paris,…) and group exhibitions in Serbia and abroad (Belgrade, Krakow, Edinburg, Thessaloniki, New York, Tuzla, Berlin, Ulan Bator, Paris, Madrid,…). Awards: First award for prints Inter-debi, Krakow, 1976; First award for drawing at the exhibition Yugoslavian portraits, Tuzla, 1979; Golden needle ULUS, 1981; Award for photography, October salon, 1997; Award of ULUPUDS, May exhibition, Belgrade, 2003; April’s award of The City Assembly for creativity in the field of fine and applied arts, 2005. He was a professor at the Academy of Art in Novi Sad, and later a professor at the Faculty of Applied Arts in Belgrade, and presently a professor emeritus. He is interested in graphic arts and photography.

Branimir Karanović had two exhibitions of artistic photography Portraits of Belgrade’s artists, in 1975. and in 1985. Those photos are documenting portraits of artists, contemporaries; 36 and 38 portraits, some of them are Stojan Celic, Radenko Misevic, Dusko Ristic, Matija Vukovic, Zivka Pajic; Ljubica Sokic, Nedeljko Gvozdenovic, Pavle Vasic, Pedja Milosavljevic, Mihajlo Petrov, Mica Popovic, Stevan Knezevic, Petar Omcikus. Professor Kazic wrote that portraits clearly depict how photography intertwines with imagination and document. And how the photographic portrait is the result of realisation of one artistic idea, but how much is the product of the functioning of one optical mechanism... The author of these photos was led by a strong and certainly oriented instinct.

      Branimir Karanović                                             Catalogue of the exhibition, 1985.

Branimir Karanović is creating parallely in domain of graphic arts and photography, with the respect to their specific media features. He made photography an essential element of the new graphic expressiveness. In the beginning, he was using foto-template (1974) but, later on, clear photographic reality refined with graphic tools (raster, solarization, positive-negative). He builds composition in the principle of total-detail, obvious feature of an image typical for massive visual communication. Motives are from everyday visual sensations, figure and landscape, in which the surreal poetics of space are accomplished.
(Lj. Ćinkul, Branimir Karanović, 1991, unpublished text. Art Encyclopedia of Yugoslavia, Zagreb.)

More about the artist: Fotodokumenti_portfolio – B. Karanović (editor: S. Petrović Varagić)

    Boško Karanović                           Halil Tikveša                               Vojin Stojić

Miodrag Mića Popović                                             Nedeljko Gvozdenović

        Jakov Đuričić                                                           Marko Krsmanović

Stojan Ćelić                                                          Zoran Petrović

Radomir Reljić                                                        Miodrag Dragan Rogić

Dušan Mikonjić                                                         Jovan Kratohvil

Milan Blanuša                                                       Miloš Bajić



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