About the artist - Claudiu Falub
Lisbon, Portugal, June 2019 (Copyright Rui Palha)

Lisbon, Portugal, June 2019 (Copyright Rui Palha)

Claudiu Falub is an avid traveler and self-taught photographer based in Zürich, Switzerland. Born in Romania in 1972, he left his home country in 1998 to pursue a scientific career abroad, first in the Netherlands and subsequently in Switzerland. During the last 29 years, he has experimented with different media, including painting, graphic art, sculpture, and both analog and digital photography. Through his current photography, he seeks to create an emotional storytelling connection and capture the "soul" of the people and places he travels to.


Claudiu started to paint in 1990, while he was a first year physics student, after he had read two of Irving Stone's biographical novels, "Lust for Life", about the life of Vincent van Gogh, and "The Agony and Ecstasy", about Michelangelo. To improve the drawing skills he inherited from his mother, he studied reproductions of Leondardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Caravaggio, El Greco and Rembrandt. He exhibited his drawings, paintings and sculptures in his town of birth, Beclean at Casa de Cultură in September 1992, and then in October 1993 at Galeriile Filo in Cluj-Napoca, Romania.


A few years later, Claudiu stopped his painting activities to concentrate on photography – "the painting with light". He was always fascinated how photography had the power to stop time... all that movement in a moment of silence. In the beginning he photographed landscapes mostly in color, but then he gradually shifted focus towards the black and white genre after studying Ansel Adams's photographs. However, it was Eugene Smith's and Sebastião Salgado's social documentary black and white photographs that turned him back to the people he used to sketch in earlier times with ink or charcoal. With time, he became more and more fascinated by people, street life, and documentary photography, especially after coming across the images of Magnum photographers René Burri and Henri Cartier-Bresson.


Claudiu's first photo camera was a vintage Soviet rangefinder that he received from his father, which allowed him to learn about exposure, composition, natural lighting and depth of field. Subsequently, he used various single-lens reflex autofocus film cameras until 2001, when he started to work with a German mechanical Leica M rangefinder. As he began working with digital cameras in 2012, he expanded his subject matter to include nature and urban landscapes in infrared light. Currently, he uses both digital and film formats.

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