|In 1968 when Russian tanks rolled into Prague Yuri left Czechoslovakia and settled in Toronto where he embarked on a four-decade journey from refugee to internationally acclaimed photographer. His work is part of the National Gallery of Canada and the Slovak National Museum’s permanent collections and America’s Library of Congress recently acquired a number of selections for their photography collection.
In 2001 he received the Medal of Honor from the Slovak Ambassador to the United States for We Endured, a series of portraits of Slovakian Holocaust survivors. Dojc has been profiled in dozens of magazines around the world including Communication Arts, Applied Arts, and Creativity and he has been the subject of feature stories on both Apple and Microsoft’s websites. A journey to Rwanda in 2008 yielded a double spread in French daily Libération.
In 2010 Honour, his sixth solo book which pays homage to Canadian WWII veterans was published and a retrospective of Dojc’s work was exhibited at Bratislava’s Mirbach Palace. Dojc’s Last Folio exhibit opens at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York City in March 2011. Later in the year the exhibit will travel to University of Indiana in Bloomington Indiana and the European Union Commission headquarters in Brussels. Plans are underway for future US exhibition dates as well as international showings in Germany, France, Israel and Russia.