Conjugal visits are allowed for prisoners and take place in private rooms, located inside the prison compound. Cosmin Bumbut photographed those places, when they were empty.
I realized that these rooms represented an institutionalization of love, a cancellation of tenderness
Cosmin Bumbuț worked as a fashion and advertising photographer for 15 years.
His pictorials were published in magazines like Elle, Tabu or Esquire.
In 2013, he launched Bumbata, an album illustrating the day-to-day life of prisoners in the Aiud penitentiary; the book received awards in the National Design Competition and in the Bun de Tipar Gala. Bumbuț has won several photography awards, including the Sony World Photography Award in 2015, for his project Camera intimă.
In November 2013, Cosmin Bumbuț moved into a motor home with his girlfriend, journalist Elena Stancu, and started roaming to understand modern Romania. They created a multimedia project on domestic violence and a series of articles on prison life in Romania. They lived among the Kalderash Roma in Corcova and filmed a documentary about a young local family seeking its fortune in landfills in France. The film gained awards in several festivals, including TIFF, Docuart, Urban Eye and the Millenium Film Festival in Brussels.
In 2017, they published their book Acasă, pedrum [At Home on the Road] (Humanitas), about their travels in the heart of Romania.