Lifting The Veil My connection to the Romanian culture is personal. My grandmother escaped from the pogroms in Romania early in the last century and made it a point to never speak to us of the forsaken homeland she left behind. It was this mysterious familiar connection coupled with news of the revolution that piqued my curiosity and caused me to travel to Romania with my camera and without preconception to document what I saw in this enigmatic country. Romania’s recent past is one of the darkest secrets of Eastern Europe. The ruthless twenty-four year reign of the communist dictator, Nicolae Ceausescu, resulted in nightmarish violations of human rights. The most tragic victims of the Ceausescu regime were the thousands of abandoned babies and children. In a misguided attempt to mandate birth control the government sent most of these children to be stored away in government institutions in unspeakable conditions. Since Ceausescu's execution in 1989, the effects of his reign of terror are still much in evidence. Through conversation with the Romanians I met and stayed with I was able to dissipate the intimidation and mistrust that might have otherwise existed. Rather than the camera becoming a barrier, it became a bridge. The resulting photographs provide a rare look at post revolutionary Romanian life. In this collection of images I endeavor to present the essence of the Romanian people. In their despair and in their hopefulness,there is no pretension.