A Balkan Journey

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A Balkan Journey is a new photo book of photography and essays, alongside interactive international and local events and exhibition. Chris Leslie takes us on a photographic journey through the towns and cities of post-conflict Former Yugoslavia in this extensive and previously unseen 24-year archive from the region. 

2020 marked a quarter of a century since the end of the conflict and 2021 marks 25 years since the siege of Sarajevo ended.  Working alongside writer John McDougall, A Balkan Journey will provide us with a penetrating insight into the human stories behind one of the most influential periods in modern European history.

This collection of work will showcase his earliest photographs from a war-ravaged Croatian town in 1996, through to the present-day Sarajevo of refugees and migrants trapped in limbo.

A public Q+A will follow the presentation. Registration is free and your confirmation email will be accompanied by a PDF attachment giving the Zoom link.  


Chris Leslie is a BAFTA Scotland new talent award winning photographer and filmmaker. He has documented stories across Eastern Europe, The Balkans, Africa and Asia as well as in his home city, Glasgow. His photo essays and writing appears regularly in the Guardian and his documentary film and photography work has been exhibited / screened across the UK and Europe.  His project and best-selling book - Disappearing Glasgow documents the changing face of Glasgow has seen him acknowledged as the most consistent chronicler of the city's recent history.

As a director his first feature length documentary film was awarded two Scottish BAFTA’s in the New Talent strand as well as 2 Golden Apple awards at the BHFF NYC festival in 2014. The film was later shown across the world after being broadcast by Aljazeera.

John McDougall is a writer, photographer & curator based in Glasgow (Scotland) with an interest in the intersections between photography, politics & performance and how the collaborative nature of artistic and creative endeavour can offer pathways and resolutions through difficult times.

Past projects have included Milk Shots, Six Foot Photo Month & 2014Frames.
Since 2016 John has written for various publications & outlets including Studies in Photography,, Streetlevel Photoworks, Vu Centre for Photography and Scottish Contemporary Art Network.

Event Organiser

Michael Pritchard


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This is an online event. The RPS will do its best to ensure that it keeps to the published timings and runs as planned. In the unlikely event that the event has to be cancelled all participants will be advised by email at the earliest opportunity.  No responsibility will be accepted for any consequential losses.



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