- Posted November 17, 2013 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
2013: Your greatest moment
reputation is everything
- Jareen, CNN iReport producer
After talking to the journalist from Vice, I decided to go back there. And so, on 1 August, at around seven o’clock in the morning, I arrived in Carcaliu for the second time.
I was to document the case of the paintings stolen by Radu Dogaru, who was born in the village and whose family still lives there. But Carcaliu is famous not because of this detail in the story, but because it was here that the seven canvases by famous artists including Picasso, Monet and Matisse, and valued at around twenty million dollars, are supposed to have been hidden and finally burned.
Long story short (you can read the rest on www.mugurvarzariu.com), solely based on my electronic signature, Radu Dogaru’s brother, currently living in UK, gave me permission to photograph their grandmother and the stove where the paintings where allegedly burned.
it wasn’t easy to gain permission, however, and for the first time I witnessed how, if I can put it like this, my reputation as an honest man and my integrity as a photojournalist opened doors for me.
A wonderful feeling.