Atelier Perajica

History

Antonio Perajica started working as a photographic apprentice as a small boy. He worked for various ateliers (Borovich and Sinobad among others), founding his own atelier in 1934, in Kri┼żeva ulica (Via del Moro). According to Yugoslavian secret service agency OZNA, in the period between 1937 and 1943 he worked as a film operator for Cinecitta. With the fall of fascist power he joined partisans for which he recorded films and photographs. He came from the work with few medals for bravety, and a title of Chief of film and photography of the 1st Proletarian brigade. He was also a licenced air photographer. After the WW2, in which he was enaged as a war photographer, he briefly worked in the photography school in Rijeka and then came to Split where he continued working for Foto R.V.I. together with a well-known graphic artist Vladimir Kirin, on productions of monographs.

In 1949 he started working independently again; first at Villa Cassolini and then later at the private atelier-shop in the Grisogono Palace on the Peristyle Square, the very centre of the Roman Emperor's palace. His comissions included covering the Croatian National Theatre in Split, and local football team Hajduk, both holding archive of his photographs. Antonio retired in 1984 at the age of 70 having had one of the longest photographic careers. However, he never stopped shooting and retouching.

In 1984, with Antonio's retirement, the atelier was handed to his Drazen. He graduated in the field of photography and became a Master Photographer in the late sixties. Before taking over the Atelier, he was a member of the Lavcevic photo and documentation team. This team was gathering the best professionals for the purpose of recording enormous socialist investments in building and urbanization processes.

After Drazen's early death, the atelier was continued by Ana Peraica, an art historian focused on media arts and visual culture.