Milivojevich, aka Boogie, is documentary photographer who was born
and raised in Belgrade, Serbia where he first found his love of
photography during the civil unrest in the country at that time.
During his childhood in the 1990's, the country of Yugoslavia
had a rebellion that turned into a civil war where many families that
were used to the relaxing-low-crime-rate city were turned upside
down. Many families struggled to get pay and find food. Sadly,
many starved or turned to drugs in order to cope. Boogie, who
got his nickname from his friends, decided instead of turning to
drugs for comfort, to turn to his camera that was given to him by his
father who was a painter and amateur photographer.
captured all the events and turmoil that was happening to his beloved
city and found that the camera was a form of coping with it all. In
an interview in 2009 he says: « All the moral values in our
society somehow disappeared or got twisted during that time. I
realized much later that I probably started shooting to preserve my
sanity, to distance myself from the chaos around me."Even
though I've never experienced life as crazy as that, I can relate to
Boogie in the way that we, as photographers, make sense of the world
around us by photographing. »
to the poverty of that time, Boogie never had access to any type of
photo books or info about any other photography in general. Just
trying to find film to use was a feat within itself. He
developed his own unique sense of style that was influenced by no one
else, which he uses to his advantage.
1997, he and his friends applied for the green-card-lottery for a
chance to win a ticket to move to the U.S. and Boogie was lucky
enough to win.
then, he has worked on photographing on the streets of New York City,
as well as numerous places around the world. His street
photography captures the attention of many. Their striking honesty is
hard to not keep looking at. He says that even though some
label his work as "dark or depressing" he just replies that
he tries to show exactly what he sees and observes.
has published 5 monographs and has had work shown around the world.
He also is available for commercial work as well.
I left my house without my camera, my heart would probably start
pounding and I would get all tense. That thought freaks me out. I
wouldn't be able to take it. Maybe it sounds cliche, but I really do
feel like I am one with my camera. I like to compare it to martial
arts, when you practice some moves so many times that, when you need
to use them, you don't think, you just react. Thinking is the enemy."