UKRAINE AT WAR: STREET ART, POSTERS + POETRY
I was in Kyiv, Ukraine for three weeks in August this year. I was taking photos, meeting artists, and gathering material for a book about popular art during the war. It is my second book on this theme, after Bosnian War Posters.
Ukraine At War will also include about 20 new poems written by Ukrainian citizens from all over the country.
Ukraine At War (320 pages) is almost ready. My publisher (Interlink Books) and I are currently commissioning the Foreword and Introduction. The book will be out in early 2023, and a portion of the sale price will go to charity to help Ukraine.
Here is a cover sketch and some provisional pages from my forthcoming book (pages are not in order).
The entire square-format book (21 x 21 cm) is 320 pages. It contains more than 450 images and 20 poems.
10 x 8 inches (25 x 20 cm) / Softback
Full colour / 336 pages / 340 images / 2 maps
Introduction by Daoud Sarhandi
Forewords by Carol A. Wells,
Bojan Hadžihalilović, and Vehid Špehić
Afterwords by Rupert Wolfe Murray, Daoud Sarhandi, Alina Boboc, and Steven Gordon
English language, with Bosnian language translations of principal texts
Principal texts are by Carol A. Wells, an expert in political design. Carol is the founder and director of the Center for the Study of Political Graphics, Los Angeles. Her Foreword places the posters within a historical context. A second Foreword is by Bojan Hadžihalilović, Bosnia's most well-known designer and one of the team behind the Greetings From Sarajevo postcards that have been exhibited worldwide.
Bosnian War Posters
BACK COVER TEXT:
Bosnian War Posters is a unique compilation of posters and political graphic design. It includes key archive photos from the war as well as new photos that put all the images in context today.
This book illustrates the entire conflict: from April 1992—when the first shots were fired in Sarajevo—to December 1995—when peace was agreed upon in Dayton, Ohio. Subsequent images depict the post-war reconstruction period and the hunt for war criminals.
The posters were gathered together in Bosnia and the former Yugoslavia shortly after the Bosnian war ended. They form the only large, pan-Bosnian collection of such material that exists, offering an eyewitness account of the war from the point of view of those who lived through all its horrors.
A unique pictorial study of the bloodiest European conflict since 1945, Bosnian War Posters will engage all those interested in graphic design, poster art, the tragic story of Yugoslavia, and the politics of nationalism in the modern age.
What they say about this book
“Handsomely presented and rigorously detailed, this is a captivating look at the art of propaganda … Filmmaker Sarhandi delivers an unusual history of the Bosnian War (1992–1995) focused on propaganda posters created and distributed by various players in the conflict … [He] lucidly explains the Balkans’ complex political, religious, and ethnic divisions; and sketches how the rise of nationalist parties in Serbia and Croatia contributed to the conflict. But the book shines in its presentation and analysis of the posters themselves … "
Trio studios, Sarajevo
“Bosnian War Posters is, without a doubt, one of the most significant books about the war in Bosnia. It is not a romanticised visual biography of the conflict, but an almost punky book about good and bad, love and death, the role of the media, and the truth.”
Bojan Hadžihalilović, A founder member of Trio studios, has contributed a new foreword to the second edition.
Center for the Study of Political Graphics (CSPG), Los Angeles
"The book is an important contribution to understanding the war in Bosnia-Herzegovina. It also shows the value of posters as primary historical documentation. Most poster books use graphics to illustrate their perspective; this one uses them to illustrate the complexity of the struggle and the fluidity of the sides—an important lesson for understanding social movements or wars, or anything else for that matter. The way the posters are used is exactly what CSPG is trying to do."
Carol Wells, the founder and president of CSPG, has contributed a new foreword to the second edition.
DAOUD SARHANDI is a British writer and award-winning filmmaker. He developed the idea for and researched this book between 1997-1998 while living in Bosnia-Herzegovina. After many years in Mexico, he now lives in Tarragona, Catalonia, with his wife and two children.
CAROL WELLS is the founder and director of the Center for the Study of Political Graphics in Los Angeles. She is one of the world's leading experts on political posters and graphic design. Carol has written a new foreword for this book.
BOJAN HADŽHALILOVIĆ co-founded the world-famous Trio design studio (now Fabrika) in Sarajevo in 1985 with his wife, Dada. Along with Lejla Mulabegović, they ran Trio throughout the siege of Sarajevo. Bojan has written a new foreword for this book.
VEHID ŠEHIĆ is head of the Forum of Tuzla Citizens, Tuzla, Bosnia-Herzegovina.
RUPERT WOLFE MURRAY is the British author of 9 Months in Tibet. For many years he ran aid projects in central and Eastern Europe. He funded the research of this book in the 1990s, and is collaborating again as an editor and project coordinator. (Email Rupert below.)
ALINA WOLFE MURRAY (née Boboc) is from Piatra Neamț in north-east Romania. She studied journalism in her home country before moving to Bosnia in 1996. She now lives in England. Alina assisted the author with research.
STEVEN GORDON, from Glasgow, first went to Bosnia in 1993 as a photojournalist to cover the brutal fighting in Mostar. Later he took the photos of most of the printed material in this book. Steve currently works for Mercy Corps, an international aid agency, and is based in Istanbul.
ABC of Film & Video Editing
ABC of Film & Video Editing is currently undergoing a final edit.
It will be available worldwide from Interlink Books in 2023.
ABC of Film & Video Editing
Practical & Creative Working Dictionary for Filmmakers & Film Editors
BACK COVER TEXT:
Every sphere of human activity has its vocabulary, and film editing is no different. The more than 550 creative terms and technical expressions defined and discussed in ABC of Film & Video Editing constitute the core of film editing language. Grasping them–as well as understanding how they connect–is essential if we wish to develop as film editors and filmmakers.
ABC of Film & Video Editing has been written for those new to the craft, as well as filmmakers and video creators of all strands, since everybody involved in audiovisual production—including those who appear in front of the camera—can benefit from knowing more about the way films are constructed. The author’s descriptions illuminate all aspects of what film editors do.
ABC of Film & Video Editing contains a multitude of professional tips and explanations, an appraisal of the important role women have played in the history and practice of film editing, and reviews of other good books on the subject. ABC of Film & Video Editing is the first complete and in-depth lexicon of the formal, informal and technical language film editors use.
British filmmaker Daoud Sarhandi has been a documentary film editor at the BBC in London and a multidisciplinary filmmaker and teacher in Mexico City—from where his feature films won many prizes all over the world. He now lives and works in Spain, where he continues to teach film editing and make award-winning films. He has more than 200 credits in ten categories at Internet Movie Database (IMDb.com).