Enri Canaj captures the immediate aftermath of the destructive forces of Hurricanes Irma and Maria on the US Virgin Islands
"When you are an immigrant you feel that nothing belongs to you. Your freedom to dream and to imagine is the only thing you have. Photography is the only freedom I have."
- Enri Canaj
Enri Canaj was born in Tirana, Albania, in 1980. He spent his early childhood there and moved with his family to Greece in 1991, immediately after the opening of the borders. He is based in Athens and covers stories in Greece and the Balkans.
He studied photography at the Leica Academy in Athens. In 2007 he took part in a British Council project on migration, attending a year-long workshop with Magnum photographer Nikos Economopoulos.
Since 2008, he has been a freelance photographer for major publications such as Time Lightbox, CNN Photos, New York Magazine, MSNBC Photography, Wall Street Journal, Courrier International, Vice, The Financial Times, Newsweek, Paris Match, Le Monde Diplomatique. His work has been exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Art of Thessaloniki, Hanover Lumix Festival, Rencontres d’Arles, Athens Photo Festival, New Delhi Foto Festival, Benaki Museum Athens, Museum of Photography Thesaloniki, Bozar Center for Fine Arts, Cultural Foundation of the National Bank of Greece in Athens, the Bilgi Santral in Istanbul, the European Parliament in Brussels.
Grand, Manuel Rivera-Ortiz Foundation
LUMIX Festival for Young Photojournalism
He is currently working in the Balkans, focusing on migration and the recent crisis.