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Francesco Anselmi April 1, 2015

Posted by Geoffrey Hiller in Bulgaria.
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Sofia, Bulgaria 2013

Francesco Anselmi (b. 1984, Italy) studied photojournalism at the International Center of Photography where he received a scholarship from the New York Times. Soon after finishing his studies. In 2012 Francesco joined Contrasto Photo Agency; that same year he started traveling to Greece, where he has been based for an ongoing project about the economic crisis. A selection of images from his Greek project screened at Visa pour l’Image in Perpignan and at Image Singuliere festival in Sete, France. In 2013 he was awarded a grant from the Chris Hondros Fellowship Fund. More recently his work has been selected as a finalist project for the Leica Oskar Barnak Award and exhibited at the Lumix Festival for Young Photojournalists. He divides his time between New York, Milan and Greece.

About the Photograph:

“This picture was taken in a daycare center in Sofia, Bulgaria. It’s of a Syrian Kurdish family from Qamshli, who just escaped the conflict. After Greece built a wall along its border with Turkey in the Evros region, Bulgaria became the main  entrance to Europe for thousands of asylum seekers escaping the Syrian conflict through Turkey. In the end of 2013, Bulgaria was not ready to face this wave of immigration and the conditions in which migrants and refugees were kept were dire. No food or medicines were provided to them. They barely survived. Most of the refugees coming from Syria were women and children, their husbands and fathers were either dead or still fighting.”