They live in camps without any privacy, without medical care and without running water. They pray beneath olive trees, bathe in the Aegean and put their children to sleep in makeshift beds made of cardboard and stone. For a number of years, the Magnum photographer Enri Canaj accompanied migrants on their journeys into uncertainty, documenting the deprivations of lives in a state of emergency.
In fact, the series reflects his own story: a story of flight and of homelessness, of places of transit and journeys into the unknown. When Enri Canaj and his family emigrated from Albania to Greece, he was only 11 years old. Those experiences left a profound mark upon him, and have become his life’s theme.