David Leventi February 10, 2011Posted by Geoffrey Hiller in Romania.
Maramures, Romania, 2007
David Leventi (b.1978, USA) is a fine-art photographer based in New York. He received his BFA in Photography from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri and recently exhibited at the Blue Sky Gallery in Portland, Oregon, Arthur Roger Gallery in New Orleans and at the Toronto International Art Fair in 2010. He was selected by PDN as one of 2007’s Top 30 Emerging Photographers. In 2008, his work was included in the Communication Arts Photography Annual and in American Photography 24, he received two Graphis Gold awards and was listed among the Critical Mass Top 50 Finalists by Photolucida. Leventi’s current project, titled “Bjoerling’s Larynx,” records the interiors of world-famous opera houses. David is represented by Bonni Benrubi Gallery in New York, Arthur Roger Gallery in New Orleans and Bau-Xi Photo Gallery in Toronto.
About the Photograph:
“In 2006, I began traveling to Romania to photograph my family history. I was the first member of my family to step foot in the country since 1959, when my family fled Romania at the time of a communist regime. Part of my documentation has been to capture the tension that exists between the countryside and the city—a dichotomy which has always existed, but which is more visible today since the fall of communism and the advent of capitalism in the country. It is becoming increasingly difficult to find traditional houses in the countryside as the young migrate to the city in pursuit of opportunity. Since joining the EU in 2007, many Romanians are finding work in Western Europe, leaving children behind with grandparents. They send money back to build modern houses in idyllic fairytale landscapes—abandoning generations of tradition. In much the same way, my great-grandfather left the shtetl in Barlad for Bucharest, where he eventually became a publisher.”