MIRON ZOWNIR - ROMANIA RAW
Galerie pavlov’s dog
„If your photographs aren’t good enough, you’re not close enough“.
Miron Zownir goes to places we like to ignore. Places that are underneath the surface of bourgeois life or out of our sight. This brought him the reputation of an underground photographer. But that’s a poisoned compliment and expresses a misconception as it ignores the iconographic quality of his images. Miron Zownir’s images are unquestionably masterpieces of documentary photography and are rightly exhibited at the major museums of photography worldwide. The artist doesn’t necessarily make it easy for his audience - his images can be shocking, but always contain a poetic moment.
pavlov’s dog is delighted to exclusively show another, very recent chapter from Zownir’s oeuvre: Romania Raw - images from his travel through Romania in 2018. Especially the date of 2018 is scandalous as we encounter an apocalyptic mood and witness an unbelievable decline - right in the middle of Europe, in a member state of the EU. Roma settlements, where dwellings merge with a garbage dump and the inhabitants could be straight out of Dostojewski’s House of the Dead - a sad reality, opposed to the postulates of all Euro-politicians. It is Miron Zownir’s great achievement to go exactly there and - just as Capa demanded - to get really close.
Miron Zownir, *1953, lives and works in Berlin. His photographs from Western cities as Berlin, London and New York or the post-communist Eastern Europe have been shown in numerous exhibitions worldwide, amongst others as part of Darkside I and II (2008/2009) at Fotomuseum Winterthur, together with the works of further renowned photographers such as Nobuyoshi Araki, Nan Goldin, Robert Mapplethorpe, Weegee, Larry Clarke, Robert Capa or Don Mc Cullin.