Lost Boys: A Life in Tunnels (signed) Joost Vandebrug
Self-published, 2011 Edition of 200 Softcover, unpaged (ca. 60), 190 x 250 Includes a signed letter and a CD featuring 10 minutes of raw footage Condition: Near Fine
Life in Tunnels is the first part of Dutch photographer and filmmaker Joost Vandebrug's project LOST BOYS. It documents his first stay with a group of street kids in Bucharest, Romania.
In a world devoid of parental guidance, the stereotypical tropes are there; drug abuse, run-ins with the law, gang-mentality, yet they are eclipsed and often subverted by the familial bond between these so-called ‘Lost Boys’ - the third generation of homeless youth since the collapse of Communism. An estimated thousand children ended up forming tunnel communities together.
Vandebrug followed for weeks four of them and documented their lives. With no common language between himself and the boys, photography became their only tool of communication. Snapped against a backdrop of social debauchery and poverty, Nico, Stefan, Costel and Leviu still allowed the camera to capture their every breathing second. They comfortably disclosed incredible stories of survival and the day to day atrocities they endured which to them had become an integrated normality.
Vandebrug’s documentation is about youth and brotherhood. A pact and an improbable intimacy. It undeniably succeeds in producing a non-typical documentation of a community’s trial and emotion.
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