Nikos Economopoulos’ early black and white work saw him photographing his native Greece and its neighbours, primarily focusing upon displaced and liminal groups – including refugees and the Roma. Following the fall of Yugoslavia, he photographed extensively in the Balkan Peninsula. In 1990, Economopoulos attended a political rally in Yozgat, a city in central Turkey, organized by supporters of the late statesman, İsmet İnönü, the second president of Turkey. Economopoulos could sense that violence was about to erupt among the all-male crowd, but before the photographer’s eyes, a butterfly touched down on the shoulder of a man in front of him. He immortalized this fleeting moment of serenity in an image that became iconic.

This contact sheet contains photos from the Central Railway station in Tirana, 1991.

Nikos Economopoulos joined Magnum Photos in 1990.

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