Zaharia Project

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About Zaharia Project

Be our patron and help a discovered tresure to become a common good. Hundreds of exciting stories born from old photos are yet to come.



In an abandoned house of a destroyed village I discovered a huge collection of photo negatives. Later I found the photographer's name: Zaharia Cusnir

With his daughter permission I collected from trash all the 3872 negatives and after 5 years all of them are cleaned, indexed and scaned, ready to go to the public.

By uploading Zaharia's photos on the internet this story got attention of the international public. Furthermore hundreds of people recognised their relatives. And this is only the beginning.

By becoming our patron you will help us to go further with this project. Our tasks for the next 5 years are:

1. Restoring Zaharia's abandoned house.
The Zaharia's house is empty, without doors and windows. We are planning to buy it from his relatives, and to restore it with eco materials as it was initially. Finally it will become a museum and an artistic hub for all the country. 

2. Creating a documentary film about Zaharia Cusnir.
I discovered Zaharia's negatives while shooting a documentary in this village. I have already several hours of video material on the subject and we are still filming. We are planning to premiere the film in 2023. All our patrons will get credits at the end of the film. 

3. Collecting information and organizing exhibitions
After we uploaded the photographs on facebook, many people recognised their relatives or neighbours in the photos. With their help we find out the year when the photo was taken, and who is posing.  Some people who appear in the photos are still alive and we meet them to find what they remember about Zaharia and places where they were photograped. 
All all the information gathered is used to make captions for photo exhibitions. We plan to exhibit Zaharia's photo in every country of Europe. You can tell us where you live and we will invite you as a special guest.
About me
I graduated the film school in Chisinau in 2016. Now I am working as a documentary film director at Radio Free Europe Chisinau. I like to travel through dissapearing villages. I like to speak with the villagers. I like to spend time in the nature. 

Zaharia Project changed my life.
I was planning to leave Moldova after finishing my studies, but being in the last year at the university I discovered Zaharia's photo collection. Since then I am working in my free time and untill now I realized there is much more work to do. I don't want to leave anymore. I want to stay to restore a part of the world that Zaharia showed me.

I invite you to join me.

I hope it will give you some interesting ideas too.

Thank you.
Victor Galusca, film director,
Zaharia Cusnir's photo collection manager.

Visit us on internet:
www.zaharia.md
www.facebook.com/cusnirzaharia
www.instagram.com/zahariacusnir

Contact us at any time:
[email protected]
+37379318650
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