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Mona Simon January 20, 2011

Posted by Geoffrey Hiller in Germany.

Roma Community, Transylvania, Romania 2009

Mona Simon (b. 1979, Romania) is a freelance Photographer based in London and Germany. Photography was part of her studies in Media and Graphic Design at the University of the Arts Bremen, where she graduated 2006 with a BA under the guidance of photographer Peter Bialobrzeski. During her BA she spent one semester abroad in Havana, where she studied and photographed her first major Project ‘In the land of Revolution’. After graduating in Bremen she worked as a graphic designer and freelance photographer in Germany and later continued with an MA in Photojournalism and Documentary Photography at LCC London, which she finished with distinction in 2008.

About the Photograph:

“The image was taken in Transylvania as part of a long term project which accompanies a group of traditional Roma people. This couple are the oldest belonging to this community which settled down after communism collapsed on the brink of a former Saxon village. They produce handcrafted copper work which they sell in front of their houses and also at national and international fares. Despite globalisation and negative attitudes toward the Roma, they continue preserving their traditional values, which I admire and respect.”