Angelos Tzortzinis is a documentary photographer. He was born in Athens, where he finished his studies at the Leica Academy of Creative Photography. Angelos work has been recognized with several awards such as Best Wire Photographer by Time Magazine 2015, Magnum Foundation, World Press Photo, POYi, Sony award, Visa Pour lImage among others. Since 2007 he works as freelance in Athens.
More and more refugees have been fleeing to Europe over the last years because of war, conflicts and poverty in the Middle East, Asia and Africa. Greece has been the main entry point into the continent for more than a million people, and its outlying Aegean islands Chios, Kos and Lesbos have received the biggest wave of incomers aboard packed, flimsy dinghies. According to the International Organization for Migration, more than 3,770 people have lost their lives attempting to reach the European Union in 2015. Since 2016 some 80,000 refugees and migrants have had to stay Greece, because Balkan countries, the main passageway to Western and Northern Europe, closed their borders, leaving the migrants trapped. In this span of time new border fences, graveyards, dumpsites have been created – the landscape is evolving, brutally and fast. Day by day, Europe is changing and Greece all the more so. Without wanting to, hundreds of thousands of refugees are becoming a part of it. Sometimes the changes are deep and permanent, sometimes fleeting. Ultimately the experience will remain with them forever as they wait, solemnly, in anticipation of the future.
Graves of refugees, most of them unidentified, who drowned while crossing the Aegean Sea from Turkey to Lesbos on February 29th ,2016.
A refugee boy gazes over a border fence separating Greece from Macedonia at the northern Greek border station of Idomeni on February 2nd, 2016.
A migrant woman holds her baby as she sits inside a tent during rainfall at a makeshift camp on the Greek-Macedonian border near the village of Idomeni on March 15th, 2016.
A view of the camp for refugees and migrants near the Greek-Macedonian border near the village of Idomeni on March 2nd, 2017.
Refugees and migrants walk through fields in their effort to arrive at the camp on the Greek-Macedonian border, near the village of Idomeni on March 2nd 2016.
Refugees hold their babies before crossing the border to Macedonia at the northern Greek border station of Idomeni on March 4th, 2016.
Idomeni. The closed gate of the railway tunnel on the Greek-Macedonian border, next to a refugee camp, on March 5th, 2016.
A woman sits facing the sea outside a passenger terminal used as a shelter for refugees at the Piraeus port in Athens, on March 6th, 2016.
Migrants, some of them minors, sleep on the top of an abandoned factory – a makeshift home for migrants and children in Patras, southwestern Greece, on July 2nd, 2017.
Children play with a plastic bag at a camp for refugees and migrants in Schisto, by Athens.
A man stands outside of his tent at the Anagnostopoulou camp, a temporary refuge in Oraiokastro, Thessaloniki, on September 20th, 2016.
Migrants pray among trees at a camp for refugees and migrants in Schisto, near Athens, Greece, on April 26th, 2016.
Migrants from Afghanistan sleep on bunk beds inside a tent at the refugees and migrants camp in Schisto, near Athens, Greece, on April 26th, 2016.
A refugee sits inside his tent at the Anagnostopoulou camp, a temporary refuge in Oraiokastro, Thessaloniki, on September 19th, 2016.
A girl from Syria rests near a temporary camp for refugees on Chios Island, Greece, on April 13th, 2016.