Hours of waiting in vain for thousands of Romanians who wanted to vote | photo-reportage

On May 26th, 2019, Romanians from all over the world had to vote for the European Parliament elections. Thousands of Romanians living abroad have waited for hours at endless queues to exercise their right to vote. I took these photographs at the polling station in Harrow, London, where the doors were closed 45 minutes earlier. The Romanians have been waiting even for 9 hours and didn’t get to vote.

[RO] Pe 26 mai 2019 românii din toată lumea au mers să voteze la alegerile europarlamenare. Mii de români care locuiesc în afara țării au așteptat ore întregi la cozi pentru a vota. Am făcut aceste fotografii la secția de votare din Harrow, Londra, acolo unde ușile clădirii în care se afla secția de votare s-au închis cu 45 de minute mai devreme. Românii au așteptat chiar și 9 ore și nici măcar nu au apucat să voteze.

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Waiting for Brexit

I am interested in migration and cultural identity of Romanians based in London. The latest statistics prove that Romanian people are the second biggest migrant community from the United Kingdom.

This project shows a contrast within a Romanian couple which faces the uncertainty of belonging and whose future is unpredictable because of Brexit.


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0,16% — An exercise of democracy

What should have been an important change in the Constitution of Romania, transformed in into an important exercise of democracy.

One of the changes that were proposed by the Referendum was to change a Law that will somehow prevent same-sex marriages. The referendum failed because only 21,41% of the Romanians entitled to vote went to the polling stations to express their right.

My project is a strong contrast between a polling station from Harrow (London) filled with people and many empty polling stations from Romania. The press described this as the ‘London phenomenon’. This project tells the story of emigrant Romanians who have been waiting voluntary for two or three hours in long queues to vote.



This body of work made the subject of a common exhibition, at the University of Westminster, where a black and white photograph was exposed on the wall at A0 size, on matte paper. See and read more here.