Born in 1993 in Orăștie, Dragoș Hanciu is a Romanian film director, cinematographer and self-taught photographer based in Bucharest.

After graduating from UNATC film school in Bucharest, he made Ionaș Dreams of Rain, which premiered in Visions du Réel in 2017 and Three, a co-directed short experimental documentary which was selected at Edinburgh Film Festival 2017 and other experimental film festivals in the USA. In 2021 his debut feature length documentary, The Man and His Shadow, was shown in TIFF Romania.

Dragoș is an active photographer publishing his first photobook, Hometown, in 2018 which was shortlisted for several international book awards and followed by a few international exhibitions and book presentations. The photobook, a video installation and 8 photographic prints of Hometown were acquired by Romania’s Museum of Contemporary Art for their permanent collection. In 2020 he is among the 100 emerging European photographers selected by GUP Magazine for their annual Fresh Eyes catalogue.

In 2021 he was invited for a three months residency at Villa Waldberta in Munich, followed by two group exhibitions. Currently he is in the post-production of a short experimental film, shooting a documentary as a co-director with Denisse Conn Tubacu, developing his 2nd feature length film, and also working on other photobook projects and exhibitions.


White Flamingos Fall from the Sky / Un flamingo nu cade din cer, produced by Castalia Productions, Monogram Film, 2022 (short)
The Man and His Shadow / Omul cu umbra, produced by Monogram Film, Romania, 2021 (debut feature length)
Ionaș Dreams of Rain / Ionaș visează că plouă, produced by Aristoteles Workshop, Romania, 2017 (short)
Three / Trei, co-directed with Robert Braga and Andrei Inizian, 2017 (short)
The Floating Bridge / Brudina, produced by UNATC (film school), 2014 (short)

Solo shows

Hometown, Lovelace, Munich, Germany, 2018 + artist talk
Hometown, 12-14 contemporary, Vienna, Ostriech, 2018 + artist talk
Hometown, Minerva Gallery, Cluj, Romania, 2018 + artist talk
Hometown, AP. 1 Gallery, Bucharest, Romania, 2017-2018
Hometown, Die Faerberei, Munich, Germany, 2016

Group shows

On Distance and Intimacy with Patricia Morosan, Bianca Oana and Vlad Feneșan @ 12-14contemporary, Vienna 2022
unkowing now together with artists Duane Corpis, Eitan Rieger, Lee Dong-Hwan, Timo Herbst, Kinga Toth @ Palmen House Feldafing, Germany, 2021
Sunny Side Up together with artist Torsten Muehlbach, curated by Michael Grudziecki @ Kosk, Munich, 2021
Road Show East, showing Hometown on an itinerary exhibition curated by Denise Parizek with artists Hubert Hasler, Noima Group, Agnes Hamvas, Michael Koch in Budapest (Knoll Gallery), Timisoara (Pygmalion Gallery), Belgrade (Ostavinska Gallery), Zagreb (Galeria Greta), Ljubljana (Chemical Institut Ljubljana), Vienna (12-14 contemporary), 2018
Go Skate Day showing Hometown at Cazul 101, Bucharest, Romania, 2018


Romanian Museum of Contemporary Art - Hometown: 8 large photographic prints, the photobook, its dummy, Happy Holidays video instalation

Awards / Grants

Surreality, Gomma Grant 2021: Shortlisted for New Flavours
Lockdown, BRD Artist Rooms photography grant, 2020
Hometown, PHotoESPAÑA: Shortlisted - Best Self-published Photography Book of the Year Award, Spain 2018
Hometown, FOLA®: Shortlisted - Photobook Award #2, Argentina 2018
Hometown, Encontros da Imagem: Finalist - Photo book Award, Portugal 2018
Hometown, Istanbul Photobook Festival: Photobooks of the World, Turkey 2018

Residencies / Education

2021 Villa Waldberta, 3 months, Germany - photography
2020 dienacht publishing, Bucharest - bookmaking
2018 Sounds like a book, 1 week, Romania - bookmaking
2016 Aristoteles Workshop, 1 month, Romania - documentary filmmaking
2012-2015 UNATC Bucharest, Romania - BA Film Directing

Art / Book fairs

Polycopies, Paris Photo 2018

Publications and press

In print

GUP Fresh Eyes, Holland, 2020
Zone Magazine, Issue 1, Turkey, 2020
Eyeshot, Issue Flora and Fauna, Italy, 2020
Revista Arta, Issue 30, Romania, 2018
Arsenal, Issue 1, Romania, 2018
Rotric, Issue 3, Romania, 2018


dienacht blog / Contributor Magazine / Booooooom / dirty harry's blog / Eyeshot / Street Photographers Foundation / VICE / Dreck Magazine / Mondorama / VICE RO / Sub25 / This Must Be The Place / Suplimentul de cultură / celula foto /