Market of the Heroes

PhotographerPetra Barth
PrizeHonorable Mention
Entry Description

A quarter of a century after the start of the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina, the scars of the war are still present, while life in the city has moved on, trying to escape the dark past. Smog from the nearby coal plants is lying over the city, while tourists are gushing over the main square, visiting one of many memorials or even staying at the war hostel for an authentic experience. On a small square in Sarajevo veterans have gathered to protest for their rights. At this little place the past overhauls any attempt to forget what happened over twenty years ago.

Story

A quarter of a century after the start of the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina, the scars of the war are still present, while life in the city has moved on, trying to escape the dark past. Smog from the nearby coal plants is lying over the city, while tourists are gushing over the main square, visiting one of many memorials or even staying at the war hostel for an authentic experience. On a small square in Sarajevo veterans have gathered to protest for their rights. At this little place the past overhauls any attempt to forget what happened over twenty years ago.

About Photographer

Petra Barth, born in Germany, originally studied Fashion Design in Milan. Following a lifetime passion, she became a full time freelance photographer in 1999. She studied at the Corcoran College of Art and Design and took several workshops, lead by Gary Knight and Antonin Kratochvil from the VII Photo agency, which changed her perspective on photography. Working globally, she has focused on human and social aspects in rural communities. Her special interest lies in women and children. For over eight years she has photographed in South and Central America, covering local culture, poverty, human rights, and natural disaster. She works with the Duke Human Rights Center as well worked in the past with the IACHR Inter-American Center of Human Rights. Her work has been exhibited, in several group and solo exhibitions in the United States and Europe. In 2004, she moved with her three children to the United States, where she lives and works in Washington DC.