It all begin on the 22 of July 2013, when Indonesian photojournalist, Sri Utami invited me to take photos of Rom people in Sarajevo. But my first meeting with Ismet and his family turned this journey into a whole story which is not finished yet. For now, I have concentrated my attention to Sarajevo and is surrounds. I want to be part of their way of living. European people I have met so far, for the most of them, really don't have a positive opinion about the Roma or Gypsies as they like to call them. Even if they took an active part in the war against the Bosnian Serbs army in 1992, they are still considered as foreigners by a majority of Bosnians. So this story is the first part of a long term project which will take me on the path of the Romani people in Bosnia. You can't visit Roma people with millennium history and just snap photos of them, you must live with them learn their motivation and their aspiration as a nation.
Photo documentary by Yves Choquette
In February 2014, the Roma of Bosnia photos was awarded the first prize at the international Terra Bella Media contest in Italy. (Hits: 111831)
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