The reconstruction of image and of the photojournalist team with “Evenimentul zilei” look nearly four years. It started with Mihai Vasile. Other photographers joined us and than left. In time, Daniel Mihăilescu, Radu Vioreanu, Andrei Ciocârlan joined the team, followed by Petruţ Călinescu and Marius Nemeş. And what at first seemed impossible started to bear fruit. Now a big impact picture, then a photoreport bordering on pure art, than a topic that made the headlines. The first awards started to come. The picture of the month, awards in photo contests, exclusive shots from conflict areas, plunges into Romanian worlds no one had seen before, shocking political portraits, metaphoric photos and documentary photos.
The second edition of “Photomedia Showroom 2002” was clearly dominated by “Evenimentul zilei” team. Daniel Mihăilescu was declared “Photographer of the Year”, with another two awards going to Marius Nemeş and Petruţ Călinescu. It was the confirmation of a peerless team. Maybe their success also means the revival of newspaper photography, so long ignored or just spoiled by the story, size or artistic view.
I don’t know how many newspapers need to take their time in order to choose between two excellent photos. I don’t know many editorial staffs making efforts to keep in leash phtojournalists fascinated by war zones, conflicts or other dangerous places. I don’t know many newspapers where photojournalists are engaged in such a fierce competition like the team with “Evenimentul zilei”. And at the same time, enjoy such a generous group of friends. It’s the distinct sign of newspaper pictures’ revival and the signal announcing the birth of a new generation of camera artists.
Year of publication: 2001.