David Sladek

Photographer, journalist
My Šumiac archives 2010 - 2020
Location: Surrey, UK
Nationality: Czech
Biography: David Sládek is Czech independent photojournalist and photodocumentarist living in London and a former reporter for the Czech News Agency. Since moving to London more than a decade ago he has been focusing his photographic work on life of... read on
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My Šumiac archives 2010 - 2020
Credits: david sladek
Date of Work: 01/01/10 - Ongoing
Updated: 03/14/20
Location: Šumiac, SK
Šumiac is a small village at the end of the road under the majestic Kráľova Hola (King's mountain) in Slovak Low Tatra mountains. The location away from the transit roads means that life in the village has, to some degree, stayed behind the modern trends. This has been the fact for many years. Famous Czech photographer Markéta Luskačová picked the village for one of her first projects back in 1960's and created one of her most incredible works depicting life of poor people as it was. Publishing the pictures in the western press she was soon prosecuted by the communist party and had to emigrate.

I found the village in 2008 before I learned about Markéta's work there. Lucky pick had it that I bought a small village house there. I have been visiting the village ever since taking pictures of the locals, still original folklore, the Roma settlement as well as the stunning nature.

In these more isolated days, I have been going through my archives from Šumiac of the last 10 years. Here is a selection.

Warning: large gallery

By David Sladek —


The Age of Social Distancing

By David Sladek — Once full of life, love and protest, London streets went silent on the first Spring day of 2020 as COVID-19 coronavirus took over the world. Whilst..

Notting Hill Carnival - before, and hopefully after the age of social distancing

By David Sladek — It is almost inconceivable to think about Notting Hill Carnival in London and not question whether the raging coronavirus changes in society may..

Brexit Night: as it happened

By David Sladek — Thousands of Brexit supporters filled London's Parliament Square on 31st January 2020 to celebrate the moment, when UK left the European Union..

Serbian Orthodox believers pray and protest against new Montenegro law threatenning to strip the Church of its properties

By David Sladek — On 5th January 2020, several hundreds of Serbian Orthodox believers have attended moleban (special prayers) at the Serbian Orthodox church of St...

Demonstration against antisemitism, London, 08/12/2019

By David Sladek — Several thousand people joined demonstration against rising antisemitism in the United Kingdom. Protesters filled part of London's Parliament..

Demonstrations against NATO summit, Trump and Turkish invasion of Syria, London, 03/12/2019

By David Sladek — Several thousand people demonstrated in London during 70th anniversary NATO summit attended by world leaders including US president Donald Trump..

Thawra - Lebanese revolution entering 8th week amid failing state economy

By David Sladek — Thousands of Lebanese of all generations have been taking to the streets for over 7 weeks to protest against government corruption, sectarian..

Czechs celebrate 30 years since Velvet revolution with a demonstration against current Prime Minister

By David Sladek — Estimated 300 thousand people attended a demonstration on Prague's famous Letná plain where mass protests erupted 30 years ago to bring..

From "From London to Beirut" demonstration, London, 03/11/2019

By David Sladek — Several hundred Lebanese expats and supporters met for the third weekend in a row in a peaceful protest to support a nationwide uprising in Lebanon,..

From People's Vote March - The Final Say, London, 19/10/2019

By David Sladek — Hundreds of thousands of supporters of a second referendum on Brexit marched through London on Saturday at the same time that the UK Parliament..

From "From London to Lebanon" demonstrations

By David Sladek — For two consecutive weekends thousands of protesters have been gathering in London in support of ongoing Lebanese uprising which has entered its..

From Free Kashmir protest, London, 27/10/2019

By David Sladek — Several thousand supporters of an independent Kashmir protested in London against a curfew imposed on the region by India. [via AlJazeera: A..

From the Brexit party: "The day we leave, a night to remember"

By David Sladek — 31/10/2019, the day Brexit didn't happen. Again. Approximately two hundred pro-Brexit protesters marched through London on the day, when Brexit..
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