Photographer // Enri Canaj

Albanian photographer Enri Canaj captures the deteriorating status of the city he was raised in, Athens, years after the Olympic games of 2004. The series Shadows in Greece encompasses the everyday life Canaj knew, after the tremendous touristic developments during the Olympic Games, Athens’ decay allowed it to recover its previous state, consisting of junkies, street-merchants and prostitutes. He describes the city to be “fading from sight entirely. Some people have abandoned it due to the crisis. Many shops and hotels have shut down, the centre is now almost deserted. People fear they will get ripped-off, they no longer feel like going out and wandering about like before. They fear seeing the poverty, the destitution, the drug-users who care only about where their hit is coming from, and the women selling themselves for sex.”