STORIES FROM INTER-WAR ROMANIA

This is the true story of a great storyteller who dedicated his whole life….to immortalize life itself.
His name is Josef (Iosif) Berman, a great photographer of inter-war Romania, known as the “rebellious” moldovian, born in Burdujeni, Suceava in 1892. Berman worked alongside famous journalists at the time such as Brunea Fox și Geo Bogza and Dimitrie Gusti, to be later on called the official photographer of the Romanian Royal House.

He was greater than live itself as his friends often describe him. Geo Bogza said that he became a reporter for the sake of his photographs, and Brunei-Fox “the prince of the reports”, declares that he could not think to go on the field without Berman. Neither Dimitrie Gusti could conceive without him the monographic campaigns through the Romanian inter-war villages and he called him the “co-author of the image of the Romanian villages and peasants”.

Through his images, Master Berman leaves us the testimonies of a brutally disappeared world, because from his photographs he conveys an untranslated truth, an intense and vivid inter-war Romania. A Romania that seeks its way on a clean road, of the nobility, a Romania of the kings. and of the real personalities, but also of the peasants dressed beautifully and appropriately. And in the middle of all this stood Bucharest, known at the time as “the little Paris”.

In 1937 the government ordered the closure of the newspapers Adevarul and Dimineata in which Berman worked, but he continued to work in a photo studio under the pseudonym of I.B Urseanu, collaborating for another 3 years with “The New York Times”.
In 1940 the legionaries forbade him to photograph and in less than a year, Berman died. “It is over. Without my profession, my life is gone, even though I lived with passion”