"Those who can not remember the past are condemned to repeat it." - George Santayana
Belene concentration camp was part of the network of forced labour camps in Communist Bulgaria. It was located on the Persin (Belene) Island, between two branches of the Danube river.
The opponents of the communist dictatorship were forced to live in inhuman conditions ñ daily physical labour, intolerable demands and under constant armed guard. They were forced to live in bunkers and huts which they built themselves with whatever materials they could find. Hunger was the most terrible thing they were subject to.
Tens of thousands of prisoners passed through the camps.
Every year from 1990 at the end of May or the beginning of June, an annual pilgrimage to the site of the former camp is held. For the rest of the year the island is closed for visitors.
This pictures are from 2017 annual service of remembrance for the victims of the communist camps. (Photos and text by Svilen Nachev)
These pictures were taken in this year in surroundings of Salonta, a small city from Romania next to the the western border with Hungary.
The pictures are part of my ongoing project about the abandoned petrol stations next to the borderland.
All these petrol stations were built to deserve a commercial opportunity, Hungary became a member of European Community in 2004, Romania entered in UE only in 2007, in this 3 years of “financial relax” a lot of products were cheaper in Romania in comparison with any other UE member country. Because of the price, the Hungarian citizens passed the border to refuel their cars with cheaper gas, and this gave birth for this constructions really fast.
2007 the moment of acceptance of Romania as a full member in UE, was the year of falling-off for this business, they died suddenly and the buildings were left alone as mementos for this short period of rising and glory. (László-Tibor Olah)
The photographs of Niki Gleoudi attempt to speak to us about the visible and the invisible distances, both geographical and psychological, that immigrants often feel to be defined from, distances that technology seems to outweigh. They also indicate the inevitable idealization that distance itself creates for all that is distant, for all that, despite its altering form, remains firmly in our mind and transforming photography into a form of halted time, completely appropriate for photography.
In the following photographs, individuals of the Greek diaspora in the USA are matched with their ‘precious’ objects. (Hercules Papaioannou - Director, Thessaloniki Museum of Photography, Greece)
If I had to leave America tomorrow I’d take …
The Bulb Collective consists of photographers active in urban (and rural) photography with an expressive shift to include highly aesthetic and poetic images in their assignments.
βULB goes Sofia
Stay tuned to learn in time about the events organised by our team.
SEP 2019: ΦΩS Bucharest
JULY 2019: Dobrogea
JUNE 2019: CAMP Paros
MAY 2019: ΦΩS Sofia
MAR 2019: The Greeks
NOV 2018: PhosAthens2
APR 2018: The Romanians
APR 2018: ΦΩS Project2
JAN 2018: BG exhibition
DEC 2017: MSPF 2017
NOV 2017: ΦΩS Project
AUG 2017: VSLO 2017
APR 2017: CY exhibition
DEC 2016: 2nd Photo Contest
NOV 2016: 2nd book launch
JUL 2016: Athens exhibition
JUL 2016: BULB in Kulturama
JUN 2016: Katerini exhibition
JUN 2016: Thess. exhibition
FEB 2016: Bucharest exhibit
JAN 2016: 1st Photo Contest
AUG 2015: BULB at VSLO2015
JUL 2015: CUCAL Exhibition
JUN 2015: BULB 1st Book
FEB 2015: Rural Project
JAN 2015: BULB Open DAY