Vlastja Simončič: Seeking Man
23. 10. 2020 to 7. 12. 2020
23. 10. 2020 to 7. 12. 2020

Foto Vlastja: Seeking Man

The photo exhibition Vlastja Simončič: Seeking Man portrays the individual finding himself after the end of World War II in a new social and political system and whom the photographer Vladimir Simončič - Vlastja revealed in extensive contextually rounded photo reportage, or documentary photography. Photographs of both known and unknown personalities from political, cultural and economic life are thus the photographer's insight into the first post-war decade. Through selected photos, we seek images of Man with a capital letter. These do not relate to the more prominent or important individuals of post-war social life but, above all, through the anonymous reveal persons to whom the photographer succeeded in getting close. The individual is stressed and visible in almost all of Vlastja’s photojournalism, which testifies to the extremely communicative nature of their author. He was able to connect with the portrayed person to the extent that the person allowed her or himself be photographed. Vlastja's portrait photographs were thus for the most part taken in the context of the content of the pictorial material, since the photographer sought a more powerful message through the motif of individuals, which could possibly be included on the cover of some newspaper or magazine. The variety of published reports, as well as negative material, testify to Vlastja's incredible ardour to record as much as possible. His diligence also bore fruit in broad links with prominent representatives of various spheres of Slovene society at that time. Primarily the photographer's own initiative, diligence and awakened journalistic vein encouraged the creation of photographs with cultural, economic and, most often, everyday, documentary motifs. The journalistic opus of Vladimir Simončič – Vlastja, an internationally recognised master of photography and one of the pioneers of Slovene documentary, theatre, medical and experimental photography, shows first modest beginnings. Over time, photographic motifs were transformed into a deeper research of the photographic medium and shows successful experimentation with its capabilities. The play of light, as it encompasses those in portraits, the moment of his portrayal captured, are the starting points that Vlastja always took into account in the search for Man.

Treatment of whooping cough by flying at altitude, Ljubljana, 30 July 1950. The report entitled An attempt at treatment in an aeroplane was published in issue 30 of Tovariš, August 24, 1950. The Clinic for Children's Diseases conducted the trial of treating children suffering from whooping cough using a plane provided by Yugoslav Aerotransport. The plane flew from Ljubljana Airport towards Gorjanci, turned towards Štajerska and then reached an altitude of 3600 m above Gorenjska. The flight lasted 90 minutes. Black-and-white negative, Leica, inv. no.: VS-1/31/9.
Treatment of whooping cough by flying at altitude, Ljubljana, 30 July 1950. The report entitled An attempt at treatment in an aeroplane was published in issue 30 of Tovariš, August 24, 1950. The Clinic for Children's Diseases conducted the trial of treating children suffering from whooping cough using a plane provided by Yugoslav Aerotransport. The plane flew from Ljubljana Airport towards Gorjanci, turned towards Štajerska and then reached an altitude of 3600 m above Gorenjska. The flight lasted 90 minutes. Black-and-white negative, Leica, inv. no.: VS-1/31/9.
A woman carries a basket during the potato harvest, Slovenske Konjice, 16 April 1951. Black-and-white negative, Leica, inv. no.: VS-4/40/23.
A woman carries a basket during the potato harvest, Slovenske Konjice, 16 April 1951. Black-and-white negative, Leica, inv. no.: VS-4/40/23.
Singer Ivo Robić pretends to play the clarinet, member of the Ferry Souvan band in the bar of Hotel Slon, 1954. Black-and-white negative, 6 x 6 cm, inv. no.: VS-15/26/2.
Singer Ivo Robić pretends to play the clarinet, member of the Ferry Souvan band in the bar of Hotel Slon, 1954. Black-and-white negative, 6 x 6 cm, inv. no.: VS-15/26/2.
Edvard Kardelj’s speech at the unveiling of a monument to Boris Kidrič, 1953. Black-and-white negative, Leica, inv. no.: VS-12/9/38.
Edvard Kardelj’s speech at the unveiling of a monument to Boris Kidrič, 1953. Black-and-white negative, Leica, inv. no.: VS-12/9/38.