When 35-year-old Hungarian photojournalist Teodora Maftei (pictured) trekked to the Colectiv nightclub in Bucharest for an Oct. 30 concert assignment, she was just days away from having her work exhibited at local restaurant The London Street Atelier. Maftei was one of the many critically injured in the devastating fire, and today, her employer Pro TV announced that she had passed away from her injuries at a hospital in Israel.
The Facebook event page for the Nov. 2-Dec. 25 photo exhibit was transformed by the horrible events in Bucharest into something much different. Here for example is part of what the Atelier shared following last weekend’s Monday night opening:
Together with Teodora Maftei’s family, we would like to send you our gratitude, and a big thank you to all those who visited us last night for the opening of Teodora’s photo exhibition at The London Street Atelier. Photos from last night’s event will be taken to Teodora’s hospital room to help transmit her all the positive energy, sincere wishes and prayers of everybody.
“The doctors have advised me to keep speaking to Teo, even if she is in an induced coma. I will tell her all about last night’s warm atmosphere and the people who contributed to this exhibition” says Mrs. Viorica Maftei, Teodora’s mother.
Today, on that same Facebook page and elsewhere, staff of The Atelier and others are grappling with the news of Maftei’s passing:
Our friend Teo: funny, funky and fearless. We are devastated that Teo has lost her final fight. We celebrate her extraordinary life and that she died doing something she loved. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family. Rachel & LSA Team