The Portraits of Shame

"The Portraits of Shame" is a short personal project, which I photographed in the Rowing Base of the city of Vidin, Northwestern Bulgaria, startled by the conditions, under which the sportsmen there are forced to train and get their achievements despite them. The place is also a home for two different rowing clubs with tens of kids beginning their journey in sports there. Some of the most successful sportsmen of the city agreed to take part in it - champions, who have brought numerous titles in their respective discpilines for my country.

The images created a huge media upheaval which turned into a nation-wide campaign. Due to the social pressure, the government engaged in reconstruction of the whole place and most of the internal infrastructure.


It has now been renovated.


This project is dedicated to my Friend, who passed away on the evening I shot this series.