Ramin Mazur

Chisinau, Moldova

Biography

Moldovan/Transnistrian, 1987

Ramin was born on the left bank of the Dniester River in the Moldavian Soviet Republic, a part of the country that soon became the unrecognised state of Transnistria after a short war in 1991. He graduated from the Journalism Department of the Moldavian State University in Chisinau and then started working with various print publications in the country as a photo reporter.

A lack of understanding of and appreciation for photojournalism in local media led Ramin to start working on independent projects. After attending the ‘Human Rights and Photography Magnum Foundation Scholarship’ he started focusing mainly on independent storytelling based on observations of the reality in his own and nearby countries during a time of transition.

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Ciocana, like most of Moldova’s urban infrastructure, saw little development in the early years of Moldova’s independence aside from the odd new apartment block that was added to the existing stock.


Moldova has one of the highest incarceration rates in Europe as well as the highest rate of inmates serving long prison sentences.


Ramin Mazur was born and raised in Transnistria, a slither of land wedged between the Dniester River and the Ukrainian border