With a very successful career in strategic marketing and brand management, working for some of the most important companies in Romania, in 2010 Mugur decided it was time for a change in order to find more than just professional accomplishments.
He chose photography and due to his ambition and dedication in less than a year his work has been internationally recognized and he became a stringer for some of the most important press agencies (Associated Press, Mediafax, IntactImages and recently invited as a contributor on Getty).
Photography became a new means of expressing his social artistry. Therefore in his projects he approached some of the intriguing aspects of living in today’s Romania, in an attempt to raise awareness and increase social responsibility among institutions and individuals. He believes that we are way beyond the point where a true documentary photographer simply just shows us the reality as they see it. While being objective, he believes that photographers should continue their work and attempt to help way pass their assignments. And that is because they have or should have a better understanding of the situation than anybody else.
He is especially attached to the roma people’s cause and he hopes that one day, his work, from images to public speeches and presentations will help end the plight of the roma people. UNHCR, UNICEF (Romania and Switzerland), Open Society and Amnesty International already used and commissioned his work on roma people.
He did two stories for Le Monde des Religions (part of Le Monde Group) – 2010 (pogrom survivors in Romania) and 2011 (hindu-muslim reconciliation). In april 2012 he had an assignment for WIRED Magazine in Glasgow, Scotland.
Mugur’s images have been published by Le Monde des Religions, The Economist, The new York times, Welt, Los Angeles Times, etc. He exhibited for UNHCR, marking the WRD and the 60th Anniversary of UNHCR and his work on recent uprising events in Syria was screened at Visa Pour l’Image 2011. In september 2012, his work ‘Romania’ was screened during the 24th edition of the same Festival, Visa Pour l’Image.
Even though he only started as a photographer in 2010, he won the iReport CNN award 2010, he had his images selected among the favorites of Daphne Angles in 2010, Alexia Singh (7 images), Renata Ferri (winner), Paul Romer (6 images), Rebecca McClelland, and an awarded image in the “Editor’s Choice 3 Favorite Overall Image” competition at CPN (Canon Professional Network), 2011.
On December 20, 2011, he received a ‘Honorable Mentions’ distinction – UNICEF ‘Photo of the Year’ 2011.
Since november 2012 he is part of the Canon Ambassadors Program as an Explorer.
“A newcomer to the ever growing numbers of photojournalists, Mugur has made himself known very rapidly, covering a variety of subjects in different countries for extended periods of time. He produced a large body of work over a very short time span. He has all the resources required to be a recognized member of the present time photojournalism community, as well as the drive to invest every effort in this endeavor. I wish him good light inside the soul and outside in his photographs and hope that his images will highlight important human issues and persuade the viewers to step in and offer practical help to those in need.
To Mugur, and hopefully for all photographers, making a practical difference for the better for those in need through his pictures is the main target, the highest and only truly meaningful reward for his work” – Vadim Ghirda, AP staff photographer.