May 29 – July 5, 2017
Critic: Griffin Museum of Photography
Romania’s population is getting older with each generation. Economic instability and lack of job prospects have decreased the country’s birthrate and at the same time people simply live longer than they used to 100 or even 50 years ago. Romania’s aging population is a topic of public discussion but only in terms of money. Pension fund deficits are making news headlines at least twice a year within governmental budget decisions. Public policies regarding the elderly though are seldom thought of, let alone planned and approved by public authorities.
Is longevity a gift in Romania or rather a commodity that expires if people’s money run out?
Ioana Moldovan is a freelance photojournalist, documentary photographer and writer based in Bucharest, Romania. Her work has been published by The New York Times, Al Jazeera English, Huffington Post, LensCulture, Radio France Internationale and Vice among others. She has also worked on multimedia projects funded by the European Commission and Friedrich Ebert Foundation.
In 2016 she took part in the Eddie Adams Workshop and was awarded The Bill Eppridge Memorial Award for Excellence and Truth in Photographic Journalism. The U.S. Embassy in Bucharest presented her with the “Women of courage” award for outstanding achievement in highlighting truth through photojournalism.
Ioana Moldovan was one of the ten Eastern-European photographers selected for a Masterclass in Documentary Photography by the Dutch NOOR Photo Agency. Her photos have illustrated books, were shown in theatre shows, accompanied an international event at the Grand Palais Museum in Paris, France and some were selected in the Top 40 of The Most Powerful Photographs Ever Taken on BuzzFeed.