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Past Exhibition

Philip Jones Griffiths Foundation Award 2017 Exhibition

Enri Canaj, winner of the Philip Jones Griffiths Foundation Award 2017, will exhibit his award-winning series at Gallery 46 in London

Enri Canaj

Enri Canaj Syrian mother holds her 4-month-old baby just after crossing the sea border between Turkey and Greece by boat. Inousa, Greece. September 2014. © Enri Canaj | Magnum Photos

Magnum photographer Enri Canaj has been awarded the 2017 Philip Jones Griffiths Foundation Award for his series The Wind Cries War, which documents the influx of refugees that have arrived in Greece since 2013.

Enri Canaj Women from Afghanistan travel by train from Presevo to the northern Serbian town of Sid. The vast majority of migrants are from Syria and Afghanistan, reaching the eastern Aegean Greek islands from (...)
Enri Canaj SERBIA. January 2016. Reaching the northern Serbian town of Sid. The vast majority of migrants are from Syria and Afghanistan, reaching the eastern Aegean Greek islands from the nearby Turkish coas (...)
Enri Canaj GREECE. Idomeni. March 2016. Refugees stand in line to get food. © Enri Canaj | Magnum Photos
Enri Canaj Refugees waiting in line to be counted by the Greek authorities before they move toward Chios, a formal immigration island. Inousa, Greece. September 2014. © Enri Canaj | Magnum Photos

The series documents large crowds of refugees fleeing their home countries in search of a better future. Making the treacherous journey across Turkey to Greece and along the Balkan route, they arrive for different reasons. Whether they have escaped wars, internal displacements, minority exclusion, religious oppression, gender-based violence—their faces reveal great pain. Caught in limbo, between hope and uncertainty, banding between one country and the next, their journey will be a long one. In joining the refugees along their passage, Canaj presents an unmediated, powerful portrait of the refugee crisis.

Enri Canaj GREECE. Lesbos. March 2016. Life jackets on a small hill. © Enri Canaj | Magnum Photos
Enri Canaj Afghan refugees at the port of Mytilene waiting to board the ferry towards Athens, Lesbos, Greece. September 2015. © Enri Canaj | Magnum Photos

The Philip Jones Griffiths Award is an annual prize, devoted to supporting and highlighting talent in photojournalism. With the support of the PJG Foundation, Canaj intends to continue this project by documenting refugees as they create new lives in new homes.

A selection of Enri Canaj’s photographs will be exhibited alongside other finalists at Gallery 46 in London from December 7th to 14th.

Enri Canaj Macedonian Army engineers build a fence on the border line between Macedonia and Greece, near southern Macedonian town of Gevgelija, leaving thousands of people between the two countries. Idomeni. (...)