Oasis of love in Romanian prisons
• oasis of love in Romanian prisons
When in 2007 Romania joined the European Union, the country had to make a number of changes to match the new status. Among those changes was the need to put in each prison "room for sex" - the place where prisoners could spend time alone with their partners or spouses.
Over the next few years, the Romanian photographer Cosmin Bumbuts made these new premises in all 40 Romanian prisons. The result was a photographic project entitled Intimate Room ( "Intimate room") - a visual catalog of artificially created spaces to sit in jail once again feel like a normal people.
In fact, the room - just slightly different detention cells, which must comply with European Union requirements. According to the law, every prisoner has the right to a two-hour meeting with her husband every three months. If a prisoner gets married, when he was already in prison, he has the right to carry out 48 hours after the wedding in an intimate room, as well as the right to monthly visits in the first year after the wedding.
Bumbuts first photographed intimate room in prison in 2008 while filming a couple before and after the meeting in this room. As a result, the photographer decided to shoot the empty rooms, because people in the frame distract the viewer's attention from the space, which in itself is quite expressive.
Photoproject Intimate Room won the Grand Prix in the category "Architecture" in the photo competition Sony World Photography Awards in 2015.