If last year we focused on how Romania is seen from the outside versus inside, this year we want to look at stories from home – no matter where home is for each photographer. By choosing this theme we hope to discover projects made in familiar places, in home countries or adoptive cultures, projects with a candid and in depth representation of the story told.
We consider that one of the biggest challenges which individuals face in our contemporary society is searching for a place to call home. Home is a question for refugees, for people from developing countries, for transnational couples or families, for minorities, artists, labor-migrants and expats. What makes us call home a country, a place or a community, and how is it not to feel at home in the places one grew up?
We are happy to announce that 86 projects were submitted to this year’s Open Call from more than 21 countries. The jury selected 33 projects to be featured during the evening screenings of the festival. The selected photographers are:
Andreea Andrei, Andrei Becheru, Anton Polyakov, Bertrand Martin, Brice Bourdet, Jared Ragland, Katia Repina, Kristin Berthge, Lukas Kreibig, Nicole Franco, Oncu Hrant Gultekin, Paula Markert, Petrut Calinescu, Ramin Mazur, Raphaela Rosella, Rostas Bianka, Sonja Palade, Gabriel Amza, Chiara Dazi, Federico Estol, Florencia Trincheri, Nina Vossen, Yulia Artemyeva, Yulia Grigoryants, Tudor Priscariu, Andreea Oborocean, Anca Moanta Technology, Magdalena Chodownik and Marcin Zaborowski, Claudia Schildknecht, Daniela Groza, Ekaterina Vasilyeva, Frederic Luczak, Tien Tran.
Thank you all for submitting your projects. Your effort is appreciated and we hope to see more of your work in the upcoming events.
Daniella Zalcman is a documentary photographer based between London and New York. She is a multiple grantee of the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, a fellow with the International Women’s Media Foundation, and a member of Boreal Collective, and the founder of Women Photograph, the online platform that showcases the work of female documentary photographers around the world and is meant to be a resource for women documentary and editorial photographers and the people who would like to hire them.
Her work tends to focus on the legacies of western colonization, from the rise of homophobia in East Africa to the forced assimilation education of indigenous children in North America. She won the 2016 FotoEvidence Book Award, the Magnum Foundation’s Inge Morath Award, and the Magenta Foundation’s Bright Spark Award for her project Signs of Your Identity.
Daniella’s work regularly appears in The Wall Street Journal, Mashable, National Geographic, and CNN, among others. Her photos have been exhibited internationally, and select projects are represented by Anastasia Photo Gallery, LUMAS, and Subject Matter.
Andrei Pungovschi is a freelance photojournalist based in Bucharest, Romania. His work used to consist in covering a wide range of news events, up until ten years ago, when he had the chance to study photojournalism at the University of Missouri, on a Fulbright scholarship. That particular experience turned out to be more influential than any other thus far. It has shifted and expanded the focus of his photography towards other types of visual storytelling, such as portraiture and photo stories.
For the past ten years, ever since he have returned home, he have been doing a mix between news photography and reportage, primarily for Agence France-Presse and DoR magazine in Romania. He have worked for various foreign publications, such as Monocle, The Guardian, The Financial Times, The New York Times, Süddeutsche Zeitung.
Cristian Lupşa is the founder and editor of DoR (Decât o Revistă), a quarterly magazine devoted to telling stories of modern day Romania. He also writes, speaks, and lectures on the transformational impact stories can have in a culture still seeking its identity.
After he graduated from the University of Bucharest in 2003, and then in 2005, earned an MA in Journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia, he returned to Romania in 2009 and started DoR, a magazine. Some would call it a movement – predicating on the idea that good nonfiction storytelling can change people and communities.
In 2011, continuing the mission of DoR, Cristian started The Power of Storytelling, an international storytelling conference in Bucharest which has grown to be largest in the region. Every year, the conference hosts award winning journalists, writers, artists, and creative professionals from around the world, who come to inspire, and share their work. In 2015, the conference received the Aspen Institute Romania Award for contribution to Romanian culture.
Cristian is also an alumni of Aspen Institute Romania’s Young Leaders program. He spent the 2013-2014 academic year as a fellow at the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University. When he’s not on duty, or can’t retreat somewhere with a book, he pays close attention to World Wrestling Entertainment.