The Atlas of Beauty with Mihaela Noroc
Written by: Salvador Maximillian All Images courtesy of Mihaela Noroc

Mihaela Noroc is a photographer from Romania that a few years ago quit her mundane job and withdrew all her savings to embark on a life changing global adventure with her camera in hand.  Her goal was to naturally photograph women in their cultural environment.  This grandiose and very heart-tugging project is called “The Atlas Of Beauty”.  Michaela has been successful in portraying the diversity and utter beauty of our earth through the faces and surroundings of women.


Michaela hit 37 countries and was able to capture beauty from all continents except Antarctica.  Pictures from New York, Tibet, Oxford, Brazil, etc. never underscore differences.  Mihaela was able truthfully depict with vivid images how humanity is more similar than different.

Michaela stated “when I photograph a woman I talk a lot, I try to make her feel special, proud and unique.  I can get along in 5 languages and this helps me a lot, but in some countries, talking is mostly body language.” 

With some minor criticism from those who can never be made happy, Mihaela chose to primarily photograph younger people for this project.  This choice made comparisons easier for the masses. She would of course love to photograph other age groups her next go around, but this project, her point was well made with the demographic she chose. Mihaela’s project is also a plea for people around the world to remain true to who they are and grasp tight to their cultural idiosyncrasies because the world seems to be headed to a place of homogeneity that potentially has more negative than positive ramifications.

Fund permitting, Mihaela wants to embark on another journey in mid-2015 (around now).  She believes that after this new trip she will have enough images to publish the first edition of The Atlas, creating an universe of diverse beauty, between two covers.

See a cross section of her pictures below:


Tibetan Plateau China




New Zealand

Harlem, NY



Indian woman in Japan



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