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Boogie was born Vladimir Milivojevich in Belgrade, the capital of what was then Yugoslavia. His friends gave him his nickname because he reminded them of a cartoon character called the Boogieman. He began photographing rebellion and unrest during the civil war that ravaged his country during the 1990s. Growing up in a war-torn country defined Boogie’s style and attraction to the darker side of human existence. In 1998 he moved to New York City and continued to capture that lifestyle we were all told to stay away from or warned how negative it is. His fearless photographs involving drug use, New York gang culture, death and overall uncomfortable yet fascinating situations.


He has shot for high profiled clients and has been published in world-renowned publications like the New York Times, Time and The Huffington Post.


He has published eight monographs, the first five in black and white and the most recent in color. His first book, It’s All Good (powerHouse Books, 2006) was one of five finalists for Best Photography Book of 2006 at the Santa Fe Prize for Photography. His other publications are Boogie (powerHouse Books, 2007), Sao Paulo (Upper Playground, 2008), Istanbul (Upper Playground, 2008), Belgrade, Belongs To Me (powerHouse Books, 2009), A Wah Do Dem (Drago Publishing 2015), It’s All Good Anniversary Edition (powerHouse Books, 2017) and Belgrade Guide (New Moment, 2017).