Petrut Calinescu is the co-founder of Documentary Photography Centre in Bucharest, which aims to produce, stimulate and group together the best projects on Romanian documentary photography. 

He is represented by Panos Pictures and usually works on long-term projects. His works have been exhibited in many countries, published in book format, and won several international awards. 

His photo-journalism has been published in platforms such as Sunday Times Magazine, Business Week, The New Statesman, 6 Mois, New York Times, As Magazine, Esquire. 

Petrut Calinescu

Basic information

Petrut Calinescu
Documentary photographer

Supported projects

No Man's Land: Digging for water on the front lines of climate collapse

  • Corruption
  • Environment

ODEMIRA - Faced with poor water management, locals in Portugal, Greece and Romania struggle to keep their farmlands and financially survive, and often resort to extreme solutions to find usable water. Meanwhile local authorities allow big companies to use water irrigation methods that can pose a threat to the nearby communities, the natural habitat and the presence of water in the area as such.

dry lands portugal

The Toxic Valley

  • Economy
  • Environment
  • Healthcare
  • Industry

DILOVASI - The Toxic Valley project looks into the environmental consequences of industrialisation in Turkey, and reveals a pattern of chemical dumping and polluting that has led to a widespread health crisis in the Kocaeli region, the most heavily industrialised area of the country.