OMNIA PHOTO – FANTANILE OLTENIEI MMXVI – THE WATER WELLS OF OLTENIA MMXVI

About the WATER WELLS OF OLTENIA MMXVI photo album

There were many water wells in Oltenia, the locals say, but few were left standing, as people scattered, and places changed their owners, their roads and their borders. Word has got around that there still are wells, but that they are being destroyed quickly and that we should know some things about them. Hence, trips were planned with known people from the area, in order to map the ones that endure the passage of time.

The WATER WELLS OF OLTENIA MMXVI photo album includes works by documentary photographers Cristian Bassa and Dorian Delureanu and is the result of an ongoing project to map water wells for community use in the Oltenia region of Romania.

Through their travels carried out in 2016 in over 40 places in Dolj and Mehedinți, the two photographers, Cristian Bassa and Dorian Delureanu, aimed at an initial documentation of some old wells in this part of Oltenia and of the spaces where these are found. The project includes community wells in villages and wells found at borders/crossroads, many of which are in an advanced stage of degradation. With their disappearance, a map of Oltenia’s landscapes and trajectories of everyday rural life would go to waste.

The photos were taken both on film and in digital format, in black and white, but also in color, precisely in order to perceive the image of these wells as an archive document, but also as a living place. (Ana-Cristina Irian)


FANTANILE OLTENIEI MMXVI – THE WATER WELLS OF OLTENIA MMXVI
Ana-Cristina Irian: documentation, text
Dorian Delureanu: photography
Cristian Bassa: photography, editor
OMNIA PHOTO Publishing house, Bucharest, 2022

ISBN 978-606-94598-4-3
50 signed and stamped copies.
Body: 168 pages, single sided digital print, size 21x16cm:
66 black&white/color photos, size 18x12cm, printed on 200gsm Dcm paper.
9 foreword text pages printed on 170gsm Olin Smooth Cream paper.
2 map pages giclée print on clear film foil with white layer.
Cover: 3mm gray cardboard, monochrome print, manually stamped with a laser engraved mold.
Binding system: 3 metallic articulated connecting rings and a 9 links zinc plated 4.4mm Genoese Chain no.20.
Printed and assembled at Azero.ro / Myposter.ro.