These Gritty Photos Show The Grim Reality Of Gang Life In The Early 2000’s

If you’re not already aware of the photographer known as Boogie, just know that it’s about as diverse as it could possibly get. His subjects range from the likes of Olympic gold medallist, Usain Bolt and football stars for corporate giants like Nike and Puma. However, he has also published several bodies of work that detail the grim reality of street culture in inner cities.

A native of Belgrade, Boogie spent his formative years around cameras and photography. Both his father and grandfather were keen photographers and the love of the craft certainly rubbed off. Although he wasn’t fully in love with photography until Belgrade suffered the effects of war in the mid 1990’s.

He credits the fact that he bore witness to the atrocities and strife in Serbia as the moment that he knew that he wanted to photograph the grimmer side of life. Once he began shooting subject matters in Brooklyn, his career gained steam.

He is known for his documentary and portrait photographs of people on the margins of society. His work has been featured by the New York Times, Time magazine, Huffington Post, Huck magazine and HBO (for the show How To Make It In America).

Describing his book, Boogie (real name Vladimir Milivojevich ), says

Having a book out is an important milestone for every photographer. In my case, it’s something like—even when I’m gone, someone might dig out my book in a bookstores. It’s gets close to immortality I guess. Also, having your work in a form of an object feels good, much more real than looking at shit online all the time.

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After the first edition of It’s All Good came out, I took it to the gangsters and they loved it. They took me to some safe house and showed me all kinds of other sh*t. When I said, “Dudes, I needed this for my book, what the f*ck, why are you showing me this now?” they were like, “Man, you could have put us all in prison, man. Now you can see it all.”

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This shotgun, nicknamed “The Terminator,” is displayed with Blood members’ bandannas covering it in the hallway of some projects. I think my shots show there’s nothing glamorous in any of that sh*t. Even in movies they’re trying to glamorize the whole gang thing. I think it’s rough, it’s hard, and it’s shitty that people die over $20.