Brief Biography and contact details


Milan Svanderlik

photographer / artist

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© Milan Svanderlik, London - UK

Milan Svanderlik was born in 1948, in Northern Bohemia and was educated partly in the former states of Czechoslovakia and Yugoslavia, and partly in the UK.   He has lived and worked in Croatia, in Switzerland and for over 40 years in London.   A veteran observer of the extraordinary diversity and beauty of nature, people, and life in general, Milan studied Botany abroad and Photography in London - he has exhibited plant photographs in London’s Photographers’ Gallery.   In addition to portraiture and plant studies, Milan’s photographic work encompasses travel photography, landscape, still life and photo-reportage. 

Milan’s major recent artistic endeavour was 100 Faces of London, portraits of 100 Londoners, celebrating the extraordinary diversity of the capital:

In the run-up to the Olympics, this highly successful project culminated in a five-week exhibition of all 100 portraits in the Crypt Gallery of St Martin-in-the-Fields, Trafalgar Square - the very heart of London.   Seen by several thousands of Londoners and tourists alike, the exhibition was well received. 

The project also led to the generation of a ‘Heritage Book’, comprising high-quality prints of all 100 images.   During the exhibition’s opening ceremony, in June 2012, this Heritage Book was presented to the British Library, as a gift to London, to be retained for posterity.   Receiving the vast tome, Mr John Falconer, the Library’s Lead Curator for Visual Arts, drew parallels between the 100 Faces of London Heritage Book and the massive album created by David Octavius Hill & Robert Adamson:

“This fortuitous coincidence of both title and subject matter underlines the continuity of photography’s engagement with human experience and the medium’s unique ability to capture the historical moment in the fascinating variety of human expression. These two works speak to each other across a period of over a century and a half and the preservation of Milan Svanderlik’s monumental work in the British Library is both appropriate and gratefully welcomed.”

100 Faces of London  - The Heritage Book:

100 Faces of London  - The Exhibition:

Gerald Stuart Burnett BA(Hons) MPhil FRSPH was born a long time ago to émigré Scottish parents in a small Cheshire market town. Educated at Sandbach School, he patriotically graduated from the University of Stirling, before undertaking postgraduate studies at the University of Nottingham. Following a long, journeyman career in the Education Service, he concluded his full-time employment in a senior post at one of London’s larger FE colleges. Despite having spent much of his career ‘writing’ for one purpose or another, it has been a novelty for Gerald to undertake what has been primarily an editing role. Following transcription of the interviews conducted by Milan Svanderlik, he has painstakingly reworked the text of each ‘life story’ into its current form. Editorial supervision of all other written aspects of the project has also been his responsibility, so Gerald freely admits that any remaining imperfections are down to him alone.

Updated 16th  June  2016