In Search of the Village Distilleries of Maramures

A Romanian Odyssey

by Ian Macilwain


This photographic portrait of the Village fruit brandy distilleries of the remote inaccessible northernmost province of Romania has taken the author five years to complete. He first went to the neighbouring province of Transylvania in 1968 on a Honda 50. After a career in Psychiatry , he has specialised in the photography of Scottish malt whisky distilleries , producing several books, of which the best known is ‘Bottled History’.  He has found in Maramures a process remarkably similar to the family distilling tradition in Scotland which died out after 1820. The photographs capture the atmospheric interiors and the people who work in them.  The author tries to distil the essence of this deeply traditional place before it disappears for ever. 

Author Biography

A retired psychiatrist who has reinvented himself as a photographic publisher 

First went to Romania in 1968 on a Honda 50 scooter. Was fascinated by the unspoilt countridside. Returned in 2007 and started to photograph one aspect of this isolated culture.

Bibliographic Information
  • Pub date: March 2015
  • English
  • 9780956882318
  • United Kingdom
  • Hardback
  • Primary Price: 15 GBP
  • Pages: 96
  • Broombank Publishing
  • Readership: General
  • Publish State: Published
  • Edition: Ist
  • Page size: 230mm by 190mm (230by190) mm
  • Illustration: full colour photography throughout