“It doesn’t always kill you, but it always hurts. And still you’ve got to […] keep going. I find this ability to roll with the punches, to take the pain and adapt to circumstances, in my subjects: gypsies, beggars, crooks, vagabonds, underdogs, conmen, buskers and various shady characters in Romania and Moldova. My object is not to exploit problem-ridden post-communist Romania for voyeuristic purposes. I’m not an indifferent observer, but one who tries hard to give these people the freedom they need to portray themselves on camera and to bring about necessary changes in the social stereotypes still assigned to them.”(Mihai Barabancea)
*To accidently fall on blades is a poetic way of saying to get stabbed.
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Edition Patrick Frey allowed us to exclusively share these 13 selected images with our dear readers. It’s an exclusive preview to the 144 pictures taken by the Bucharest based photographer published in the book.