Simona Rota portrait


Simona Rota (Romanian, 1979) studied a Master of International Relations (2003), and a Bachelor of Political Sciences at Universitatea Bucuresti and Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona. She also studied Photography (2010) in Madrid. She refuses to condition her interest in photography by making a profession out of it thus she earns her life in a different field.

As a photographer she is mainly interested in documenting humanscapes that may be understood as altered, inhabited, occupied landscape, and in the study of the mutual determination between humans and their built environment. She accepts architecture, city and travel photography assignments whenever the theme falls into her area of interest.

Her most substantial work on assignment so far, has been the documentation of the Modern Soviet architecture, commissioned by the Architecture Museum of Vienna (AzW), developed between 2010 and 2012 in the former Soviet republics. A considerable part of these photographs can be found in the book Soviet Modernism 1955 – 1991. Unknown History (Park Books, 2012)which accompanied the exhibition Soviet Modernism 1955 – 1991. Unknown stories held at the AzW from 7 November 2012 through 25 February 2013.

She is the author of three photography books: Instant Village (Fabulatorio, 2020),  Missbehave (Vibok Works, 2013) and Ostalgia (Fabulatorio, 2013). The latter won the D&AD In Book Award for books (Design & Art Direction, UK, 2014) and the Award to the Best Photography Book of the Year PHotoEspaña in the national category (Spain, 2014). In addition, the Kursala series, that includes the book Ostalgia, won the Gràffica Prize (Spain, 2014).

Her photographs have been widely published and exhibited and some of the venues were: Architecture Museum Munich – TUM (DE), Fotocolectania (ES), Kursala (ES), Architecture Museum Vienna (AT), Stadtmuseum Graz (AT), Museum of Modern Art Medellín (CO), Art Museum Sevastopol (UKR), C d C – Museo del Traje Madrid (ES) etc.


She lives in Spain and can be contacted at

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