How Lucilla and her Polaroid have opened many doors in Maramureș

Lucilla, 9 years old, is the daughter of Letizia and Cristiano, two of the participants of the documentary photography workshop that we held in Maramureș for the Ayzoh project.

Whenever we had to ask for permission to enter a house or to photograph a particular situation, we sent Lucilla forward — alone — with her Polaroid.

She kindly introduced herself: “Good morning! I’m Lucilla and I’m a photographer. Can I take a picture of you?” Nobody said no. Then, she took the photo, printed it and gave it away with a big smile. At that point, people’s hearts and house doors magically opened for us too.

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