about me

Born on 30th of December 1978

Education:  - University of Medicine and Pharmacy "Gr. T. Popa", Faculty of Dentistry 2003

                     - "Complete Course in Professional Photography", New York Institute of Photography 2013

                     - Trainer certification 2016

                     - "Seeing Through Photographs" by MoMA on Coursera 2016

I was born in December 30th, 1978 in Onesti, Romania, only they registered me on the 1st of January 1979, although I felt comfortable with my natural birth date. :) My parents have given me the first lessons of culture and they made my approach to it, by starting taking piano lessons since I was still a little boy. With a library full of painting and photo albums, and with my dad also passionate about the visual arts, access was very easy, the only effort being to stretch out my hand, grab an album and  start browsing. With photo cameras was harder, the only device that I was allowed to use being a "Smena", lomo version. Better than nothing.  I think that from here started my visual education. Nothing forced, I'd even say natural.
The more intense study  of technical and compositional details occurred relatively recently, photography giving me a balance between who I am in everyday life, a dentist, a husband, a father, and "my moments" as I like to call them. The desire to learn „by the book" made me study at New York Institute of Photography, layering an information contained otherwise chaotic in my mind. The study, however, I think will never end…
I think that photography can be considered the simplest form of expression, of communication. Sometimes it does not need words, description. Not even a title. Everything is in the frame. It gives you, the viewer, the freedom to see it in your own way and even give your own title. It lets you interpret it the way you want,  to choose your own story. It may happen to be the same story as with the author’s,  sometimes not, but is the story that’s clear in your mind, it’s  the one that makes you resonate. One’s photographs „betray” his fascinations, passions, anxieties or unrest. It’s the same with the viewer.
I never liked to tell anyone what to see in my photos.  But I liked to listen to what others have seen in them, often issues that "escaped" me, maybe things that I have not given enough  importance.         
I do not know to be something new to discover about photography. But everyone has the freedom to discover Photography.

Since 2016 I've embraced the film photography, the best way to discipline your photographic act, I believe.

"Fotografiile de nud ale lui Stefan Neagu impun o anumita etica a privirii. Sprijinit de linii, forme si volume autorul alege posturile care stimuleaza in primul rand estetic. Privim un nud feminin si vedem intai de toate frumusetea si eleganta sa. Eleganta este, de altfel, toata punerea in scena, redarea subiectului in sine laolalta cu alte elemente care dau expresivitate imaginii: lumina si contra-lumina, contrastele, tonurile. Corpul este segmentat si dematerializat de impulsiuni erotice, Stefan Neagu avand parca grija sa nu transforme femeia intr-un obiect care poate fi posedat simbolic. Personalizeaza femeia ca metafora in sine, nu ca identitate recognoscibila: in foarte rare cazuri zarim si chipul modelului sau. Din cand in cand, fotograful lucreaza si in cadre ceva mai largi care fixeaza subiectul in ambient. Intr-un gen care a vazut o infinitate de abordari, Stefan Neagu incearca sa-si gaseasca nisa sa. Modul in care este redat corpul feminin il apropie pe autor de abordarile clasice in fotografia de nud, inclusiv prin faptul ca foloseste aparate pe film. Vecinatatile stilistice pot fi numeroase, de la Man Ray la Weston, Newton, Brandt, Coigny sau chiar Eric Marrian. Autorul porneste de la o realitate obiectiva fara echivoc, careia incearca sa-i cristalizeze rafinamentul si emotia. Exista o transparenta selectiva in fotografia de nud a lui Stefan Neagu prin care vrea sa ne faca partasi la lumea sa. universul sau vizibil nu este doar interpretat, cum indeobste se intampla in alte arte mimetice (pictura, literatura), ci si redat cu limpezime si distinctie." Florin Sipos, mondorama.ro

"Un spirit care este lansat intr-o cursã spre polul perfectiunii. Asta este clar in momentul când privesti arta fotograficã semnatã de Stefan Neagu. Lãrgind imaginea apare un paradox: constructia logicã si uzualã a obiectului artistic este in mod dialectic de la simplu la complex, spre o finisare continuã…compozitiile lui Stefan iti dau senzatia confruntãrii cu un drum invers: o structurã perfectã, aproape anorganicã in cãutarea sufletului….Un fel de “craniu de obsidian”, care nu pare atins de mâna umanã,  unde nu se vãd urmele lãsate pe parcursul manoperei ȋn faze intermediare, dar in final, ochiul descoperã tocmai incercarea intensã si neobositã de a insufleti, de a umaniza tusa perfect finisatã. Îmi evocã contemplarea unei structuri cristaloide fãrã cusur care pare rece, dar când te apropii si o atingi e caldã, ca si cum ar avea un foc interior, un motor cu flacãrã. Stefan Neagu ne oferã un text care confirmã emotia fotografului, un artist ce apeleazã la luminã pentru a confirma vibratia sa ontologicã, salvarea din neant…Si uite asa, in spiritul clasic, Stefan Neagu ne invitã la uitare de sine pentru a pune pe linie mintea, ochiul si inima."  Cornel Gingarasu, sud-est-forum.ro

awards

2011

- 1st Prize at Nikon Romania "Se cauta fotografia lunii" contest, September  edition 

- 3rd Prize at Nikon Romania "Se cauta fotografia lunii" contest, The Grand Final

2012

- 3rd Prize at VSLO Festival, "Nude" contest 

- electronic portofolio published by epublio Digital Publishing, availeble for download from Apple App Store, at VSLO 

2013

- VOLTIN mention at Salonul International de Arta Fotografica "Best of CF", Ed.I, Braila

-  Emerging Talent Jury Honor Award  at Morpholio EyeTime 

2014

- Nomenee at 9th Balck and White Spider Awards 2014, Fashion and Fine Art categories

2015

- Honorable Mention at PX3, Prix de la Photographie Paris , "WHITE" competition

- Honorable Mention at 10th Black&White Spider Awards, Nude category

- Honorable Mention at ND Awards, Fine Art Nude category

- Honorable Mention Award at Morpholio EyeTime 

- selected for the 100 pictures exhibition celebrating the 5th Anniversary of FUJIFILM X World Photo Gallery, Tokyo

- Honorable Mention at International Color Awards, 9th edition, "Abstract" category, nomination at "Silhouette" category

- Honorable Mention at International Photograher of the Year Photography Awards 2015, "Nude" category

2016  
- Honorable Mention at International Photography Awards, "Family of Man : Youth"

- Honorable Mention and Nomenee at 11th Black and White Spider Awards, Nude category

- Two Honorable Mention Awards  at ND Awards 2016 with "Tangled" project, Fine Art - Nudes and Fine Art - Conceptual categories

- Honorable Mention at Monochrome Awards, Amateur "FashionBeauty" category

- Honorable Mention at International Photographer of the Year 2016 competition, Fine Art category

- 3 nominations at 10th International Color Awards, Fine Art and Fashion categories

- two nominations at 3rd edition of Fine Art Photogrphy Awards 2016, Conceptual and Nudes categories

2017

- Bronze Finalist, Photoshoot Awards, NUDE 2017, "Intimate" category

- Honorable Mention at Prix de la Photographie Paris 2017, Nude category

- Honorable Mention and one nomination at Black & White Spider Awards 2017, Nude category

- Honorable Mention at Chromatic Awards 2017, Fashion and Beauty and Conceptual categories

- two Honorable Mentions at Monochrome Awards, Nude category

- two Honorable Mentions at International Photographer of the Year Awards, Fine art: Nude and Fine art: Conceptual categories

2018

 - Silver Award at Prix de la Photographie Paris, Fine art/Nudes category

 - Two Honorable Mentions at International Photography Awards 2018, Fine art - Portrait and Fine art - Nudes categories.

 - Nominee at Black & White Spider Awards, Nature category

 - Honorable mention at ND Awards 2018, Fine art -Nudes category

2019

 - Honorable mention at International Photography Awards Oneshot / Street Photo Contest, Geometric (shape and form) category

 - Two Honorable mentions at International Photography Awards 2019, Analog category, Fine art and Portrait

 - Honorable mention at ND Photography Awards 2019, Fine art - Nudes category 

2020 

 - Nomination at 13th International Color Awards, Fine art category

 

exhibitions

  2012

 - "Expozitia Nikonistilor", 24.02.2012, Bucharest (group)

  - "PHOTOsharp Hall of Frames II"  at Photo Romania Festival, ​19.05.2012, Cluj-Napoca (group)
​  - SAFO, 21.06.2012 (Muzeul Taranului Roman), 01.10.2012 (Libraria Carturesti), Bucuresti (group)

  - FOTON, 22.08.2012, Onesti (group)

  - "Nocturna bibliotecii onestene", 02.11.2012, Onesti (group)​​

 - "Viziuni urbane" at  "10 years of Rotary Club Onesti", 14.12.2012

 - "Viziuni urbane", 16.01.2012, Onesti

 2013

 - "Ipostaze urbane - Culoare" 21-26.05.2013  Danaart Gallery, Bucuresti (group)

 - "Onesti. Viziuni urbane" - 15.09.2013 EBienale, George Enescu International Festival's Art Biennale

 - The XI-th Internation Photographic Saloon "PREMFOTO" 2013,  20.12.2013, Oradea (group)

 2014

 - "Salonul fotografului roman" 17.01.2014 (group)

 - "Ballerina", Onesti 14.03.2014

 - Works accepted at the 2nd Danubius International Photographic Art Salon “Best of CF”,Braila, ROMANIA 2014 - 29.03.2014, Braila (group)

 - "Labyrinth" 28.06.2014-15.08.2014, Bucharest (group)

 - InnerSound New Arts Festival, "Vortex", Bucharest 18-21.09.2014 (group)

 - Inaugural exhibition of FotonEstic, o photographic group based in Onesti 01.12.2014 (group)

 2015

 - PHOTOsharp Hall of Frames V , 15-24.05.2015, Photo Romania Festival, Cluj-Napoca (group) 

 - "8 1/2 minute" project, 16.05.2015, Cluj-Napoca (group)

 - "#NSFW" exhibition, a "La Mansarda" project, Cluj-Napoca (group)

2016

 - FUJIFILM X World Photo Gallery, Tokyo 15.01.2016 (group)

 - "Labyrinth" 2nd Edition, Bucharest, 02.06.2016 (group) 

 - "Fotografia de strada, intre documentar si suprarealism", Sequencies Photography Festival, Ploiesti, 10.2016 (group)

 - "3x10", photo exhibition with participants at "Despre fotografie cu Stefan Neagu" course, 16.12.2016 (group)

2017

 - Salonul Fotografului Roman - editia a IV-a, Bucuresti, 9.06.2017 (group)

 - "Portraits in Black & W", Blank Wall Gallery, Athens 23.06.2017 (group)

2018

 - "Monochrome" exhibition, Blank Wall Gallery, Athens 23.02.2018 (group)

 - "The White Shirt", expo and photobook lounch , Gallery, Bucharest 10.03.2018

 - Salonul Fotografului Roman - editia a V-a, Bucuresti, 7.06.2018(croup)

 - Chania International Photo Festival - Chania, Crete 28.08-05.09.2018 (group)

2019

- "The White Shirt", expo and photobook lounch , Biblioteca Municipala Radu Rosetti, Onesti  07.03.2019

- "Portraits", Blank Wall Gallery, Athens, 23.03.2019 (group)

 - "Month of Nude Photography", L,a,boutique. Athens 14.06-13.07.2019 (group)

 - Salonul Fotografului Roman - editia a VI-a, Bucuresti, 14.06.2019 (group)

 - SUISSARTEXPO, Zurich, 15-19.08.2019 (group) 

- "CorpoRealities", August 29 – September 21, 2019, Budapest (group)

2020

 - Expoziție Fotografică "36-F", Chisinau, 10.01.2020 (group)

 - FORME, Sala Thalia, Filarmonica de Stat Sibiu, Sibiu 29.02.2020- 30.03.2020 

- "Monochrome" Exhibition, Blank Wall Gallery, Athens 06 - 18.03.2020 (group)

 - Artbox Projects Barcelona 1.0,  Barcelona October 15th - 19th, 2020 (group)  

publishing and printed materials
interviews & articles
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Photosetup Blog

2013/03/20

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Fuji X Passion Magazine

2016/09/07

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Mondorama

2018/09/14

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Mondorama

2018/09/27

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Sebastian Boatca

2017/01/16

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VICE Romania

2018/09/29

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Smart FM, Arta prin gaura cheii

2018/03/12

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Viata Medicala

2018/08/24

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Radio Guerrilla

2019/04/21

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Life.ro

2019/09/08

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Sud Est Forum

2020/03/04

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