I don’t divide my time between work and leisure. I just live.
Arne Hodalič grew up and studied biology in Ljubljana, Slovenia. After finishing university, he was working for five years as a professional sailing boat skipper and diver and had his own charter company on the Adriatic coast in Croatia. He began taking photos, mostly of boats, diving and nautical activities. His first trip to India in 1989 changed his professional career when his photos were published in a prestigious Swiss magazine Animan. He received more than 20 assignments from the magazine and travelled extensively around the world with his camera. In Paris he joined Gamma Press agency and began working for French press as a member of several photo agencies. He was a member and organizer of several expeditions; he crossed Papua New Guinea in a dug-out canoe on the Sepik river (1500 kms), he crossed the Sudan desert from Khartoum to Egypt on the Nile river in a small boat, he was the photographer for a French and Slovene caving expedition in Hunan (China) and Tawi Atayr (Oman), he was the photographer for a mountaineering expedition at Nanga Parbat (8125m) in Pakistan and he was the photographer and a crew member for the L’Esprit de Bougainville expedition (two and half years sailing on a Chinese sailing junk in South East Asia). His photos and photo stories have appeared in National Geographic Magazine, Life (USA), Time, Figaro Magazine, GEO, Paris Match, Marie Claire, VSD, Die Zeit, Cosmopolitan, Stern, Liberation, Grands Reportages, Gala, Airone, Espresso, L’Illustré, Oggi, Sette-Corriere della Sera, Gioa, Nature, and many others.
In 2008 he received an honorary doctorate at the Academy of Arts and Design / University of Ljubljana and became a lecturer in photography and photojournalism at FDV (Faculty of Social Sciences) University of Ljubljana and at VIST (Visoka šola za storitve) in Ljubljana. He is currently the photo editor of National Geographic Magazine (Slovene edition). Arne Hodalič is a Nikon ambassador.
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