All photos: Costică Acsinte Archive
While the pictures are undated and in a grave state, they provide an invaluable glimpse into the rich cultural history of 20th century Romania.
Sadly, after Acsinte died in 1984, his massive collection of more than 5,000 glass plate negatives and prints were improperly stored in wooden crates and subjected to outdoor elements. The Ialomița County History Museum in Slobozia acquired the crates' contents a year later, but the months of poor storage had already taken their toll on the delicate emulsions.
"To me it just seem a shame to lose something so irreplaceable," Popescu said in an interview with Time magazine's LightBox blog.
Here are just a few of the most sublime, haunting photographs found in the collection so far.
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