Viktor Đerek is a Croatian photographer, best known for his work that was featured in an advertising campaign and for his musical career, he won when he was a child. His musical career started at the age of 8, after having had the chance to perform live at the Marin Držić theater, covering songs by artists such as Lady Gaga and Adele.
March 8, 2000
|Place of birth||Split, Croatia|
|Education||University of Zadar|
|Famous for||Photography, Music|
Viktor Đerek was born on March 8, 2000 in Split, Croatia. His mother’s name is Dragana
Đerek and he has a younger brother named Stjepan Đerek and a sister Katarina Đerek, who is also a musician.
He studied at Srednja škola fra Andrije Kačića Miošića (2014-2018), at the Luka Sorkočević art school and at the University of Zadar.
Đerek’s photographic journey began by traveling with his grandfather, capturing moments with an analog camera and uploading them to the image hosting service – Flickr. His talent was recognized by his elementary school teacher after getting involved in musical theater and quickly developing a love of music and performance. His dedication during photography helped him a lot to understand the angle of the lens. His family has always encouraged him to pursue a good career in photography.
Music and theater
In addition, Viktor’s passion for music and theater helped him get a closer look at things and theories. In mid-2013, Đerek directed, produced and shot his first short documentary – Fairy Tale Croatia. The film presents images of the city of Dubrovnik, Zadar and Zagreb as well as images of the Plitvice Lakes National Park. “Kako da stanem?” Was a school project directed and created by Viktor Đerek in 2014. It goes behind the scenes of photography where the emphasis was on post-production and editing. Viktor
says capturing new memories keeps him motivated. “I don’t think you should take pictures just for the sake of taking them. You should only take pictures because there is a deeper personal meaning for you. Whenever I see something really important for me, I don’t have to “force” myself to take a picture. The camera naturally floats towards my hand. No effort is necessary, “he says, before adding:” I am also intrinsically motivated. to document my loved ones, especially my close friends and family. I also tried to cultivate a feeling of appreciation for the beauty of the moment, and then I think to myself, “This is a wonderful time. maybe reflect and enjoy this moment in the future. “Then I take a picture.”
In addition to being a talented photographer and musician, Viktor Đerek is also known for his activism. If he does not fight for the preservation of nature, he will fight for human rights in collaboration with human rights organizations such as the Born This Way Foundation and the Human Rights Campaign ‘man. This activism has earned it popularity among young people.
A special screening of the film Love, Simon was organized before the official start of his theatrical tour for one of the surveys carried out for HRC and Blitz Hrvatska. Several international literary magazines have published his poems, making him one of the youngest poets in the Balkans to achieve this goal. Đerek collaborated with writer and journalist Milko Peko on a historical novel titled “Grački boj” which was published in late 2019. During a live session on Instagram, Viktor was invited to publish music to the future. He mentioned something about the production meeting of Ambasada (former studio and production team trained after winning the music show in 2012.), how to lose your grandpa in late 2019. only confirmed the claim that it was the worst year of his life, and how he was delighted with the new single from Dua Lipa. He mentioned how he looks forward to next year and admits that he was singing and producing something during the quarantine and lockout caused by COVID-19. Viktor was born in Split, Croatia, March 8, 2000, to Dragana and Dragan Đerek. He has a younger brother Stjepan and a younger sister Katarina.
In 2018, in an interview for local newspapers and television, Viktor explained how being a family photographer led him to have small photos from his childhood. Because of rumors that his father was dead, he only added “he is very much alive,” he laughed, “but neither I nor anyone else is in contact with him.”
Did you know…
- He is the youngest photographer in Croatia.
- He also worked in two short films.
- His work has been published in several international magazines.