Shadows Of A Revolution

Photographer

Paul Gregory Newman

Concept

The fall of Nicolae Ceausescu took place in December of 1989 and the country slowly unraveled. Shadows of a Revolution began as a result of these events. The children of Romania had been abandoned by the State due to the collapse of the communist party and the social welfare system had all but been abolished instantaneously. Although many years had passed, the circumstances of the children had remained constant. The idea of these children being displaced due to economic hardship and forced to leave their families is an unbearable image for anyone to endure. Most children abandoned their families in the small villages they came from to make the dangerous migration to the capital city of Bucharest. Some of these children were placed into the sex trade while in transit, others as young as four years old hid secretly on trains with hope that the journey would bring them to the capital unharmed. Shadows of a Revolution is an ongoing 15 year exploration of the human condition that places hope on transition and growth for many of the youth of the streets. 

Biography

For over 20 years, photographer Paul Gregory Newman has sought to capture the human condition in times of social and economic transformation. His visual collection is built on travels spanning more than 18 countries, including first-hand accounts of children surviving on the streets of Romania after the fall of Ceau?escu, a telling portrait of the impact of population growth in northern Mexico, objective observations of the Bikers for Christ motorcycle outreach and the low-rider culture in Española, New Mexico. Transcending the diversity of these images is the consistent theme present across his entire body of work, a poignant view of the common conditions and experiences we share regardless of circumstance.

Exhibitions in the United States, Mexico, and the UK have expanded the reach of Mr. Newman’s work, inspiring a broad audience through compelling imagery, and promoting education, outreach, and change.

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