Goran Basaric was born in Yugoslavia in 1962, and took his degree in Cinematography from Belgrade’s prestigious Faculty of Dramatic Arts. His career since has spanned a range of positions including photojournalist, picture editor, adjunct professor, and independent cinematographer. In 1994, Basaric emigrated to Vancouver, Canada where he has built a successful career in the city’s film industry.
Through this time, Basaric has developed a succession of photographic essays that give poetic value to his keen understanding of how people reveal themselves in light and space. His work is known for both its scale and intimacy. All of Basaric’s photographs are marked by his respect for the discipline of the “decisive moment” and the tradition of street photography exemplified by Bresson, Doisneau and the great Magnum photographers.
Basaric’s photographic collections have been exhibited in both Canada and Europe. His first exhibition, Kafana, opened as a solo show at the Happy Gallery in Belgrade in 1987. His exhibition Big Wave- Radio B92 was featured in Vancouver, Belgrade, and the Netherland’s Photo Institute in Rotterdam. Basaric’s work was also featured in a group show at the Bishops Gallery in London.
Basaric’s City Pastoral is an on-going collection of panoramic photographs that act as lyrical meditations on the value of public space in his adopted city of Vancouver. The work has been exhibited and published in series form. City Pastoral was originally published as a feature photo narrative in Geist, a respected literary publication distributed throughout North America. The series has also been published in Re-Foto Magazine. City Pastoral debuted in exhibition form at the Roundhouse Gallery in Vancouver in 2011 as part of the city’s Memory Festival and the show has since travelled to Gallery Artget in Belgrade. Also in 2011, Basaric was invited to be part of Hjem. Dom. Home., a group show on the value of place and identity sponsored by Copenhagen’s Kulturstationen. >
Goran Basaric lives with his wife and son in Vancouver, B.C.