Syrian Refugees in Greece



In September 2014, Greek-Albanian photographer Enri Canaj (b. 1980) was patrolling with the Greek coast guard when they saw a small boat with refugees. The refugees were from Syria and refused help from the Greek coast guard. When their small boat reached an uninhabited island, the refugees disappeared into the morning fog. Together with the coast guard, Canaj went after them, and documented the difficult negotiations in broken English. Ultimately, the refugees understood that this deserted place had no food or water to offer them. Canaj’s black and white series confronts its viewers with feelings of being chased, of being lost in a a foreign country, and of not knowing what the future will hold.

To learn more about Canaj’s work, read our recent interview with him.