Stanko Abadzic was born in 1952 in Vukovar, Croatia. When he was 15, his father gave him a camera that Abadzic taught himself to use. He also joined a photography club, studied photography books, and attended photographic exhibitions. After marrying, he worked as a reporter and photojournalist to support his family.
When the Croatian War of Independence broke out in 1991, Abadzic left everything and fled with his family to Germany for what he hoped would be a brief stay. After four difficult years, during which he took few photographs, they were denied German citizenship and forced to leave. After moving to Prague, Abadzic experienced a rebirth and began exploring the city with a medium-format camera. At this point in 1995, he began to develop his visual eye in earnest.