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Thomas Haugersveen April 23, 2012

Posted by Geoffrey Hiller in Romania.

Bucharest, Romania 2010

Thomas Haugersveen (b.1980, Norway) took up photography during his studies at Edith Cowan University in Perth, Australia. He graduated with honors in 2005. He works for a variety of magazines and have produced stories on topics such as; the Tamil guerrillas on Sri Lanka, the homeless in Russia, Coal mining in China, Refugees in Georgia, the AIDS epidemic in Africa and the effects of agent orange in Vietnam.  He has won several national and international awards for his work  divides his time between editorial and commercial assignments. Thomas is represented by Agence VU and is currently based in Oslo.

About the Photograph:

“This picture was taken in Bucharest, Romania in 2010. After joining the European Union in 2007, food and gas prices more than doubled. At the same time Romania was hit hard by the financial crisis in addition to wages being sharply reduced. During the summer of 2010 a number of more or less peaceful demonstrations took place against the government. Towards the end of one of them, these men showed up, dressed in Dracula outfits. Bram Strokers novel, Dracula is said to be based on the Romanian count Vlad III Dracula from Transylvania. He was known to place his enemies in spears. Following his example, the demonstrators placed figures depicting politicians, on spears.”