Slobozia, Romania
By Bogdan Cristel

Romania is proud to have produced a man thought by many to be the world’s first war photographer – Carol Popp de Szathmary, from the city of Cluj, who took photographs of the Crimean War in the 1850s.

One of the most impressive people to have followed in his footsteps is Costica Acsinte, another Romanian who worked as a photographer during the First World War. Below is an image of his taken on the front line.

Although I don’t usually spend that much time on social networks, it was on Facebook that I first came across Acsinte’s works.

The photos I saw were black and white, mostly portraits, but there were also pictures of troops from World War I and a few landscapes. I started to dig around and I discovered an amazing history behind these old, much deteriorated pictures, many of them captured on glass plates.

Costica Acsinte, who made the images, was born in 1897 and worked as an army photographer. He had a small studio in the city of Slobozia – thought to be the only one to exist there when it first opened.