Dragoș Hanciu was born in 1993 in Orăștie, a small city from Transylvania, Romania. He spent almost half of his life skateboarding and that's how he got in contact with photo and video cameras: cruising on the streets, skating and shooting everything he saw.
In 2012 he started studying Film Directing at UNATC in Bucharest, where he also had his first contact with analogue cameras. This is the turning point where he started taking photography more seriously. In 2014, Dragoș made his first short documentary The Floating Bridge featured in several festivals in Romania and Europe. Now, after graduating he attended Aristoteles Workshop where he made his second documentary, Ionaș Dreams of Rain which premiered in 2017 at Visions du Réel. Three, a co-directed short experimental documentary was selected at Edinburgh Film Festival 2017 and other experimental film festivals in the USA.
Over the years he kept returning to Orăștie, his hometown, to work on his photographic project that led to his first photo exhibition at Die Faerberei Gallery in Munich 2016, and recently, to his first photo-book called Hometown which was shortlisted for a few photography book awards and presented in several exhibitions and festivals.
In 2018 his works - both film and photography - were part of the itinerary exhibition Road Show curated by the Viennese contemporary art gallery Schleifmühlgasse 12-14, having exhibitions in Budapest, Timisoara, Belgrade, Zagreb, Ljubljana and Vienna.
Currently he is in post-production of his first feature documentary and also developing other photo-book projects.