AngelosTzortzinis 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 many industry awards such as Best Wire Photographer by Time Magazine 2015, Magnum Foundation, POYi, Sony award, Visa Pour l’Image among others. Since 2007 he works as freelance in Athens.
Trapped in Greece
More and more refugees have fled to Europe in the last years because of war, conflicts and poverty in the Middle East, Asia and Africa. Over the years, 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 people arriving aboard packed, flimsy dinghies. According to the International Organisation for Migration, more than 3.770 have lost their lives in their attempt to reach the European Union in 2015. Since 2016, some 80,000 refugees and migrants are in Greece since countries in the Balkans closed their borders, the main passageway to western and northern Europe, leaving them trapped in the country.