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Samuel Zuder February 5, 2010

Posted by Geoffrey Hiller in Romania.

Mamaia, Romania 2006

Samuel Zuder (b. 1965, Germany) studied photojournalism at the technical college for visual communication in Dortmund, Germany. His documentary thesis about India was published in Geo and other international magazines. In 1996 Samuel was nominated for the World Press Photo Joop Swart Masterclass while working on a project about Christian and Muslim neighbors in the Bosnian city of Mostar. His work has appeared in numerous international magazines and publications and has been exhibited widely in Europe. He currently lives in Hamburg

About the Photograph:

“I took the photo during a reportage on Romania for Stern Magazine shortly before the country joined the European Union. The scene was shot at the Black Sea in Mamaia. The picture expresses the positive and optimistic spirit of Romania before entering a new era. The Ferrari boat- not real, just a toy-  is a symbol for upcoming prosperity. A kind of symbol for the actual situation at that time, the starting point to an unknown future.  Now, some years later the progress of the country has experienced a deterioration, a  political disharmony. Corruption has prevented the positive development – the Ferrari boat is shipping through stormy water. Romania still hasn’t reached the level it was dreaming of at the start of the trip.”

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