TIME magazine’s online edition hosts powerful images of austerity-hit Greece captured by Greek photographer Angelos Tzortzinis in an effort to depict the aftermath of the European debt crisis in Greece during the last six years.
Through his documentation of spontaneous yet meaningful life frames, the artist chooses to reveal shocking pictures of poverty-stricken homes, vulnerable people who cannot afford food, shelter and health insurance, as well as immigrants, refugees, prostitutes, drug addicts and angry demonstrators flooding the roads of Athens. The photographer also presents vigorous snapshots of Golden Dawn’s political rallies, as well as examples of police brutality in recent riots.
Tzortzinis’ images shed light on Greece’s tantalized social cohesion and underscore its desperate need for in-depth reformation. Public sector layoffs, and welfare cuts have stripped away hope for a better political future, with extreme political movements left to fill the inevitable void.
Angelos Tzortzinis’ works have been hosted, among others, by The New York Times and Newsweek and have been showcased in various artistic venues winning numerous awards.