Manchester and Oldham 1970s - Dragan Novaković

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Manchester and Oldham 1970s - Dragan Novaković - Café Royal Books

Dragan Novaković is a Serbian photographer born in 1946. He bought his first camera in 1968 and taught himself to develop and print; he quit studying veterinary science at Belgrade University and left for England. He lived and worked in London, doing various jobs and pursuing photography purely as a hobby; he married in 1973 and had a son in 1976. 

"I used my first camera, an Asahi Pentax Spotmatic with 20-, 28-, 50-, 135- and 300mm Super Takumar lenses, until I bought a Leica M4 in 1971. From then on I used the Leica with 35- and 50mm Summicron lenses exclusively.

I used mostly Kodak Tri-X film rated at 400 ASA and developed mostly in D76 diluted 1:1.

I printed only very rarely and very little, and for the next forty-odd years I had these photographs, taken in 1968-77, only in the form of contact sheets. Thanks to digital, I saw them properly as 'enlargements' for the first time in 2012 after I had scanned the negatives and post-processed the files."

  • 36 pages
  • printed in the UK
  • staple bound
  • 14cm x 20cm

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