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Luiz Maximiano May 5, 2008

Posted by Geoffrey Hiller in Bulgaria.
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Woman praying at Sveta Nedelyz Church. Sofia, Bulgaria

Luiz Maximiano was born in Brazil in 1978. After earning a BA in Social Communication at ESPM, in São Paulo, and a brief period working in the marketing department of companies like Sharp and Levi’s, he moved to the Netherlands in 2003 and became a photographer. In early 2007 he was awarded the Canon Prize as best photojournalist under 30 in the Netherlands. A nominee of both the World Press Photo Masterclass and PDN’s 30, he attended the Eddie Adams Workshop, in 2005, and the Missouri Photo Workshop, in 2006. His work has appeared in publications such as Marie Claire, Le Figaro Magazine, L’Espresso, Folha de S.Paulo, the Guardian and many others. He is based in Amsterdam.

About the Photograph:

As Bulgaria and Romania joined the European Union in 2007, both countries will face similar challenges as they still suffer the economic consequences from their Communist past as well as corruption and high criminality rates. Most people make only the equivalent of a couple hundred dollars a month and unemployment is a big problem. The Roma minority is widely neglected everywhere and very few people believe that something significant will improve in their lives. The general idea is that Romanians and Bulgarians will be something like second class citizens in this new Europe.

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