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Maramures-Europe's Last Peasants - Book Project

I am seeking support to finish documentation of Europe’s most traditional rural life in a period of dramatic change for a book project.

Maramures-Europe's Last Peasants - Book Project

I am seeking support to finish documentation of Europe’s most traditional rural life in a period of dramatic change for a book project.

$460
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backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Sat, May 14 2011 10:10 AM UTC +00:00

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With just 5 days to go I could use all the support I can get, no matter how small! Many, many thanks!

Surrounded by a fortress of mountains and never collectivized by Communist dictator Nicolae Ceausescu, the Maramures region of northern Romania has preserved folk culture in a state of almost medieval isolation. Until recently, villagers had not been molded by materialism or Western ways.  A critical turning point was reached however with Romania’s accession to the European Union in 2007. Youth are choosing money over preserving their traditions and a mass exodus has resulted from the villages to Western Europe. 

I began photographing in the village of Valeni in 2002 at a time when centuries old rural life was still magically intact. The streets were full of horse drawn carts, houses were without running water and mobile phones and the internet non-existent. 

I now want to finish my project by photographing village youth upon their return from working abroad. Modernity is mixing with 18th century village life in unusual ways. A second part of my project will be to digitize historical photographs of traditional peasant life and rescue them from almost certain obscurity. These found images along with my reportage work will be combined with my earlier photography to form a comprehensive visual document of European rural life in a state of massive transition. By illuminating traditional European folk culture on the brink of extinction, my project engages with pivotal issues of our time and seeks to draw attention to a rich cultural heritage that globalization threatens.

The completed work will form my Maramures book project. Funds will be used for travel to Maramures, living expenses, the production of the photography and the design and layout of the book.

Please check out some of the previous work here:

http://www.davinellicson.com/#/Romania/Maramures%20/1/thumbs

and the archive here:

http://davinellicson.photoshelter.com/gallery/Maramures-Folk-Culture-on-Europes-Eastern-Fringe/G0000d8ExPTF9Xlc/

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