It happens to follow Mihai Surdea‘s work for quite a while, but I’ve always hesitated to write about his work. I’d figured I couldn’t find the right amount of nice words to describe his stunning, mostly black and white portraiture. The photographs are themselves powerful words, where the expressions, light and stories become more intense the more you look.

The great photographer Robert Frank once said, “Black and white are the colors of photography. To me they symbolize the alternatives of hope and despair to which mankind is forever subjected.” It feels like the color would take all the emotion away and Mihai sure knows it the best. Timisoara-based artist, he captures powerful, soft, quite dramatic portraits and needless to say the low, minimal lightning delivers the maximum effect. Every photo is like a screenplay for what it’s to become a drama movie. Sure it’d be fun to watch a movie directed by Mihai; and since 2015 he’s writing, directing and producing short feature films so I’m not that far from that thought.

All photos credits: Mihai Surdea

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