PHOTO EXHIBIT AT DETVA'S
FOLKLORE FESTIVAL SUMMER 1999
DETVA'S SOUL SEARCHING
Slovak Heritage Live I
Was the title of
my photo exhibit at 1999 Detva's Folk
Festival where 147 color enlargements of my work at Detva's Festivals were on
display. I have started my life's
journey as 19 year old with leaving
Slovakia in 1969 and immigrating to Canada. I had realized then that in my lifetime it
would never be possible to return. Until 1986 I wasn't interested in Slovak Folklore
or Slovak Cultural Heritage and I didn't even
know anything about it.
exposition EXPO 86 in Vancouver, during the first performance of Slovak folklore group
Lucnica, while hearing three notes played by their primas Robert Puskar, something inside me has awaken.
I stayed close to Lucnica during their
two-week stay at Expo 86 and I didn't leave them. I learned from them about
the folk festivals in Slovakia. With this there was sudden awakening inside me of
something unknown, undreamed of love towards Slovak folklore of our grandparents, great
grandparents but also their descendants.
All this I wanted to intercede with my photographs also from Detva and
I hope that you will feel not only my feelings, but the magic of Detva's folklore
will fill you with enthusiasm.
From my heart, Yours
photographer, journalist, video
Vladimir Linder was born in Banska Bystrica September 8, 1949. His
parents were Anna Linder nee Hering from Spisska Nova Ves and Jozef Linder from
Zvolen. Father was a businessman. After nationalization in 1949, shortly after
Vladimirs birth they were forced to move from Zvolen. Few months they lived in
Hronsek near by and then they moved to Bratislava, where Vladimir grew up. At the age of
12, Vladimir became an orphan. His father passed away in October 1961 from heart attack.
His mother started working and Vladimir went for first time to eat in the school
cafeteria and he learn very fast to love, him until then hated, specialties of the Slovak
cuisine such as squash sauce with dill and spinach sauce.
He held his first summer job in summer of 1962 as 13 year old in the
Communal Service Company of Bratislava, where his father worked for many years before his
death. From his first pay he bought himself a bike and then he went hitch hiking around
Czechoslovakia, visiting castles and manor houses that were open to public. He repeated
the summer jobs and hitch hiking trips until finishing grade nine. He started to study at
trade secondary school for electrical technology in Bratislava for the next four years
until his graduation.
During these studies he started taking pictures, when his mother
brought him from her vacation in Moscow and Leningrad a Smena still camera. He was taking
pictures every day and also took his camera on his first trip abroad hitch hiking to
Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, and Yugoslavia in 1967.
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