Jacko Vassilev
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Jacko Vassilev 10.12.13-12.07.13

Born in Bulgaria in 1951, Jacko lived most of his life under strict Communist Totalitarianism. In a country where being a photographer made you a possible propagandist against the government, Jacko was very familiar with being arrested, questioned and even being put in a work camp for a year of his life because of his camera. The photo of a handless "Professional Photographer" shows Jacko's possible fate if discovered showing the "bad side" of the government and the impoverished lives of its people. In spite of these conditions, Jacko is able to show timeless and compelling portraits of Bulgarian people where their true human spirit shows through even under the harshest of conditions.

In this exhibition, Jacko offers Borderless Vintage Limited Edition silver gelatin 12 x 16's (DISPLAYED) and 7 1/2 x 9’s on "lost" Bulgarian Fohar Stock. Most prints were created in Bulgaria under clandestine conditions in Jacko's basement darkroom. Each image is limited to 50 per size. 7 1/2 X 9’s are offered at 1/2 the price of the 12 x 16 price listed.

Jacko's work is part of the permanent collections of the International Center of Photography in New York, the European Center of Photography in Paris, and many other museums worldwide.

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