A Balkan Journey Revised – Illustrated Talk

Streetlevel Photoworks March 2023

Dive into a captivating exploration with renowned photographer Chris Leslie and esteemed writer John McDougall as they present “A Balkan Odyssey: Chronicles of a 25-Year Photographic Journey.” Through Leslie’s lens, audiences are transported across the landscapes and cityscapes of post-conflict Former Yugoslavia, where the duo intricately unravels the region’s tumultuous history and resilient spirit.


At the heart of their narrative lies the poignant documentation of the Siege of Sarajevo, a defining moment in modern history marked by relentless suffering endured from 1992 to 1995. Leslie’s evocative images capture the essence of Sarajevo’s endurance amidst the chaos, serving as a powerful testament to the indomitable human spirit.

In this expanded and updated talk, Leslie and McDougall skillfully draw parallels between the Siege of Sarajevo and contemporary geopolitical realities. By juxtaposing the destruction witnessed in Sarajevo with the recent ravages inflicted upon cities in Ukraine during Russia’s invasion, and the unsettling resurgence of fascist ideologies across Europe, they prompt audiences to confront the enduring echoes of conflict and the urgent need for collective introspection.

Embark on a thought-provoking journey with Leslie and McDougall as they delve deep into the complexities of human strife, resilience, and the quest for reconciliation.