The photographs of Bruna Vangi are haunting investigations of our daily lives and what it means to be human. From portraits to street scenes, there is a sense that a powerful story lives behind every one of Vangi’s photographs: an honesty and feeling of discovery that makes her pictures so compelling. A psychologist by trade, Vangi has traveled all over the world volunteering her services to help disabled and sick children, a vocation which directly complements her “photoreportage” projects. Her latest trip led her to Cambodia, where she worked with disabled and HIV-positive children, some of whom became the subjects of her latest photographs. Two years ago, she traveled to Vietnam for voluntary work with disabled children; the photographic work she did at this time won her a Women's Photography award in 2015, in Turin.
A self-taught artist, Vangi first started taking photographs in India, using an analog camera. Today she shoots digitally, but avoids Photoshop and other digital editing programs as much as possible. This fits in with Vangi’s philosophy of verity and objectivity. She describes her pictures as a way to communicate information, discover social problems, and let people all over the world know about them. For Vangi, photography is not only a powerful means of communication, but “an uninterrupted research of universal beauty.”