Spiritual tradition and physical heritage are simultaneously disintegrating in Romania.
Time and modernization are beginning to undermine centuries-old traditions preserved in tiny villages, in communities of only a few houses, as well as the bastions of the communist era’s enforced industrialization, which became part and parcel of Romania’s recent history.
Those living in the 'reservations of forgetting' blend with nature, exhibiting a humility inherited through generations. They are living out their last days in evident equality of closeness to nature. Helped by time's decay, they are diligently pulling down the absurd edifices of the environment that was inflicted on them. In the manner of termites, they carry away small pieces of immense concrete constructions on the rickety carts of poverty.
They pick through reinforced concrete frames of former factory monsters, power stations and furnaces, dismantling monuments of formerly enforced modernization which have corroded into a stage set.
One year ago, I began photographing the scenes of a world irreversibly decaying, the transformation of a Balkan country surviving the region’s hardest dictatorship. In essence, I am recording two intertwined stories: the physical environment after the fall, and the resilience of humanity struggling to persevere.
— Tamas Dezso
A high-resolution slideshow of 115 images presenting portfolios of the 12 finalists for the prestigious. The broad theme this year is Power.
Mount Trebevic used to be a powerful symbol of Sarajevo, but its symbolism as a sacred place has evolved since the '84 Olympics, the war in '92, the delineation of a new national border in '95, and the remains of hidden landmines — this is Sarajevo today.
Since time immemorial, the Crimean Peninsula has been coveted by different countries, near and far — here is a photo-essay documenting the towns and rural territories scattered on the Crimean seashore.