Personal Information

Name

Rudolf Abraham

Town

London

County

UK

Postcode

E17

Telephone

07789 936507

Mobile Telephone Number

07789 936507

Email Address

rudolf@rudolfabraham.co.uk

Website(s)

http://www.rudolfabraham.co.uk
http://rudolfabraham.wordpress.com
http://croatianmiscellany.wordpress.com

Specialist Activities

Photographer, travel writer, photojournalist, author

Specialist Areas

Croatia, Montenegro, Slovenia, Bosnia, Slovakia, Transylvania, Eastern Europe, Central Europe, Balkans, UK, Norway, France, Italy, Belgium, Turkey, Patagonia, Chile, Argentina, Caucasus, Iran, Central Asia

Professional Details

Short Biography

Rudolf Abraham is an award-winning photographer and travel writer specialising in Croatia and Eastern Europe. He has written, illustrated or contributed to numerous books, guidebooks and articles on this area – from trekking in remote mountains and national parks, to historic architecture, culture and reportage.

He is the author of The Alpe Adria Trail (Bradt 2016), Montenegro (Berlitz/Insight 2016), Islands of Croatia (Cicerone 2014), St Oswald’s Way & St Cuthbert’s Way (Cicerone 2013/2016), Walking in Croatia (Cicerone 2004/2010), Torres del Paine (Cicerone 2010), The Mountains of Montenegro (Cicerone 2007/2015, winner ‘best guidebook’ in the Outdoor Writers and Photographers Guild Awards, 2008), National Geographic Traveler Croatia (2011/2015) and Istria (Bradt 2013), and is currently working on several new books including a guide to the Peaks of the Balkans Trail in Montenegro/Albania/Kosovo, hiking in Arctic Norway, and Croatian Miscellany, an ongoing and deeply personal portrait of this southeast European country. Other recent commissions have included updating the Bradt guides to Croatia, Macedonia, Montenegro and Transylvania, and several books on Islamic art and architecture. His work is published widely in magazines and online including Alef, BBC News, BBC Countryfile, BBC Travel, Canvas, CNN Traveller, Discover Britain, The Economist, France, Hidden Europe, Morning Calm, Mountain Pro, The National, National Geographic Traveller UK, OE, Royal Wings, The Telegraph, Top Trails, Wanderlust, World Travel Guide etc.

Rudolf first visited Croatia in the late 1990s, returned to live in Zagreb for two years, and continues to be based there for several weeks a year. He lives in London, and is available for both photographic and written commissions.

Professional Activities

Travel writer and photographer, available for both written and photographic commissions. Guidebook author. Specialist subjects: outdoors (walking, trekking, hiking); adventure travel; culture; heritage sites; history; art and architecture (MA in art history), in particular Islamic art; archaeology; travelling with kids/family travel; environmental and conservation issues; food and wine; world music. Specialist areas: Eastern Europe, in particular Croatia, also Montenegro, Slovenia, Bosnia, Slovakia, etc; UK; Norway; Turkey (especially eastern Turkey); Patagonia (Chile/Argentina); Caucasus; Iran; Central Asia.

Recent Publications

Books – Author/Photographer:

Alpe Adria Trail (Bradt, 2016)
National Geographic Traveler Croatia (2nd edition; National Geographic, 2015)
The Mountains of Montenegro (2nd edition; Cicerone, 2015)
The Islands of Croatia (Cicerone, 2014)
Istria. The Bradt Travel Guide (co-author with Thammy Evans; Bradt, 2013)
St Oswald’s Way and St Cuthbert’s Way (Cicerone, 2013) – Reviews
Rijeka Carnival (Blurb, 2013)
National Geographic Traveler Croatia (National Geographic, 2011) – Reviews
Torres del Paine (Cicerone, 2010; reprint 2013) – Reviews
Walking in Croatia (2nd edition; Cicerone, 2010) – Reviews
The Mountains of Montenegro (Cicerone, 2007, reprint 2013) – Reviews
Walking in Croatia (Cicerone, 2004)

Books – In progress:

Montenegro Pocket Guide (Berlitz/Insight, 2016)
Croatian Miscellany (2016)
Walking in Croatia (3rd edition; Cicerone, 2017)
Peaks of the Balkans (Cicerone, 2017)
Istria. The Bradt Travel Guide (2nd edition; Bradt, 2017)
Trekking in Arctic Norway (Cicerone)
Monuments and Memorials. Carvings and Tilework from the Islamic World (contributor; Nour Foundation)

Books – Contributing Author/Photographer:

British Life Photography Awards – Portfolio 2 (Dewi Lewis, 2016)
MIMO – Sur la trace des dinos by Mazan and Isabelle Dethan (Eidola, 2016 – English translation)
Croatia. The Bradt Travel Guide (6th edition; Bradt, 2016 – updates, photographs as credited)
Macedonia. The Bradt Travel Guide (5th edition; Bradt, 2015 – updates, photographs as credited)
Montenegro. The Bradt Travel Guide (5th edition; Bradt, 2015 – updates, photographs as credited)
Latvia (World Travel Guide, May 2014 – updates)
Croatia. The Bradt Travel Guide (5th edition; Bradt, 2013 – updates, photographs as credited)
Bratislava City Guide (World Travel Guide, April 2013 – updates)
Transylvania (2nd edition; Bradt, 2012 – updates, photographs as credited)
Turkey (DK Eyewitness, 2011 – updates for eastern Turkey)
Ultimate Food Journeys (DK Eyewitness, 2011 – contributor, photographs as credited)
Time Out Visitor’s Guide to Croatia (Time Out Croatia, 2011 – updates, photographs as credited)
Croatia Travel Guide (World Travel Guide, August 2011 – updates)
Ljubljana. The Pocket City Guide (2nd edition; Thomas Cook, 2011 – updates, photographs as credited)
Croatia. The Bradt Travel Guide (4th edition; Bradt, 2010 – updates, photographs as credited)
The Road Less Travelled (DK Eyewitness, September 2009 – contributor)
Santiago City Guide (World Travel Guide, October 2009 – updates)
The Arts of Islam. Masterpieces from the Khalili Collection (Thames & Hudson, 2010 – contributor)
The Arts of Islam (exhibition catalogue, IMA Paris 2009/Emirates Palace Abu Dhabi 2008/ AGNSW Sydney 2007 – contributor, additional editing)
Art et Culture de l’Islam (Solar, 2006 – contributor, photographs as credited)
Islamic Art and Culture. A Visual History (Overlook Press, 2006 – contributor, photographs as credited)
The Timeline History of Islamic Art and Architecture (Worth Press, 2005 – contributor, photographs as credited)
Worcester – A History and Celebration (Ottakar’s, 2004 – photographs as credited)
Arminius Vambery, Travels in Central Asia (reprint, Cambridge Scholars Press, 2003 – introduction)
Robert Curzon, Armenia. A Year at Erzeroom and on the Frontiers of Russia, Turkey and Persia (reprint, Cambridge Scholars Press, 2003 – introduction)
C.E. Yate, Northern Afghanistan (reprint, Cambridge Scholars Press, 2003 – introduction)

Recent articles/photo stories:

Dolomiti di Sesto (2016)
Piatra Craiului – watching for wolves (2016)
Croatia – island highs (2016)
Charente (2016)
Puppetry in Prague (2016)
Cairngorms (2016)
Montenegro, 10 years on (Luštica, Summer 2016)
Boka cuisine (Luštica, Summer 2016)
Kotor, Montenegro (Luštica, Summer 2016)
Lake Skadar, Montenegro (Luštica, Summer 2016)
Évora and the vanishing art of cowbell crafting (Hidden Europe, 2016)
My kind of place – Évora (The National, May 2016)
Alpe Adria Trail (Top Trails, March 2016)
Moravian motifs (NADFAS, 2016)
Granville Carnival (France magazine, February 2016)
Set Sail for the Channel Islands (BBC Countryfile, February 2016)
Southern Wilderness – Torres del Paine (OE, January 2016)
Hunting the hunters – wildlife volunteering in Slovakia (Mountain Pro, January 2016)
Flamenco in Seville (Morning Calm, January 2016)
Kappl for kids (OE, November 2015)
The Saxon villages of Transylvania (Hidden Europe, November 2015)
Montenegro – winter sports (Luštica magazine, November 2015)
Montenegro – food and wine (Luštica magazine, November 2015)
Fest Noz – Strictly Breton (France, September 2015)
Rococo Paris (Morning Calm, August 2015)
Pilsen – European Capital of Culture 2015 (Morning Calm, July 2015)
Houston (destination guide for Hilton Weekender/383project, July 2015)
Land of the Midnight Sun (OE, May 2015)
Museum in the Clouds (Mountain Pro, April 2015)
Persian Motifs – Paisley (Morning Calm, April 2015)
Freedom and faith – cross crafting in Lithuania (Hidden Europe, March 2015)
Andalucian Arabesque (Morning Calm, March 2015)
Zvoncari (BBC Travel, March 2015)
Mons – European Capital of Culture 2015 (World Travel Guide, February 2015)
A new museum on Kronplatz (Easyjet Traveller, January 2015)
Adventures in Patagonia (Journeys, December 2014)
Berlin, Frankfurt, Vienna (destination guides for Hilton Weekender/383project, November 2014)
Unknown world – Lofoten (Morning Calm, November 2014)
Stecci – Bosnia’s medieval tombstones (Hidden Europe, November 2014)
Bursa – Cradle of Ottoman Culture (Royal Wings, September 2014)
Postcard from Lithuania (Songlines, August 2014)
The Frankincense Trail (Alef, August 2014)
Riga’s Art Nouveau Soul (BBC Travel, August 2014) (note: link only works outside the UK)
Puppetry Pros – London School of Puppetry (Morning Calm, August 2014)
Lofoten Islands (World Travel Guide, July 2014)
The Saxon Shore Way(OE, June 2014)
Brodsko kolo (BBC Travel, June 2014) (note: link only works outside the UK)
St Oswald’s Way (OE Top Trails, April 2014)
Destination London (Canvas, April 2014)
Riga, European Capital of Culture 2014 (World Travel Guide, March 2014)
Turkish coffee culture (Royal Wings, March 2014)
Zvoncari – the bell ringers of Kastav (Hidden Europe, March 2014)
EPUK Showcase (EPUK, February 2014)

Awards

2016 – BGTW Awards – Photographer of the Year
2016 – BGTW Awards – Best UK Feature
2014 – BGTW Awards – Best Guidebook: The Islands of Croatia (Cicerone)
2013 – BGTW Awards – Photographer of the Year
2012 – OWPG Awards for Excellence (Photography): The Lofoten Islands.
2012 – OWPG Awards for Excellence (Best Travel Feature): ‘Once were pirates. In search of the Uskoks of Senj’ (Hidden Europe).
2011 – BGTW Awards (Kenneth Westcott Jones Memorial Award for Best Transport & Specialist Feature): ‘The Magic of Montenegro’ (OE magazine)
2009 – OWPG Awards for Excellence (Best Outdoor Feature): Velebit. A Mountain in Croatia (Hidden Europe)
2008 – OWPG Awards for Excellence (Best Guidebook): The Mountains of Montenegro (Cicerone)