Gypsy women and child. Romania, 1930s.— Library of Congress The English term Gypsy originates from the Greek word for "Egyptian", Αιγύπτιοι, in the belief that the Romanies, or some other Gypsy groups,such as the Balkan Egyptians, originated in Egypt. One version relates how the Gypsy people were exiled as punishment for allegedly harbouring the infant Jesus.
Photographer Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert photographed a Sintesti, Romania, from 1990 to 2006, documenting the life, traditions, history and outlook of the Romanian Gypsies. These photos convey a period of dramatic changes in the gypsy camp: its people leave behind the dark past of the communist years and take the path to wealth, access to which can provide new opportunities.