For 15 years, Cosmin Bumbuț worked as a fashion and advertising photographer for Elle, Marie Claire, Harpers Bazaar, Esquire and brands such as Coca-Cola, Marriott Hotels, Mercedes-Benz. At the age of 40, he decided to work only on the subjects I like most – the photo essays about real people, who have impressive stories and an important message to spread. In December 2013, he moved in a camper together with journalist Elena Stancu and started traveling around Romania in order to work on long-form journalism projects. They tell extensive stories about today Romania through images and words on En.teleleu.eu/Teleleu.eu. They are not limited by the specific rhythm of an editorial office: they spend a week, a month or more in a community, until we complete our documentation.
Once Romania joined European Union, in 2007, the prison system was reformed; the biggest change was to introduce the right to private visits. A prisoner who is married has the right to receive, every three months, a two-hour private visit which takes place in a separate room inside the prison compound.
In 2008 I took the first photos inside the intimate room with an inmate and his wife after their private visit. I realised that these rooms represent the cancellation of tenderness. This is a space for intimacy, but in the same time this space refuse the intimacy people need desperately.
In 2011, I started photographing the intimate rooms systematically until 2014. I shot the rooms and some absurd details and also some footage from the point of view of the inmate lying on the bed.