Andrei Pandele was a young architect when he began photographing his home country, Romania, in the 1970s. His camera captured a period of huge change under communist dictator Nicolae Ceausescu. For some, his stunning photos are now a painful reminder of a time of destruction, and a life lost.
“I was an architect,” he explains. “I could find plans [and] approximate what they would destroy. Not exactly, no-one knew that. They were wild, totally out of control.”
Seven square kilometres of the city centre were destroyed to make way for the Palace of the People. Andrei wanted to take some pictures before old Bucharest disappeared altogether.
A city caught in its very own Armageddon. Andrei preserved a Bucharest that no longer exists – the exquisite glass-covered market, the archways, cobbled streets, the vine-clad villas, the city once called the “little Paris of the East”.