Nick St.Oegger

Photographer
   
Not a Country for Dreams
Location: Tirana, Albania
Biography: My journey as a storyteller was inspired by childhood trips with my mountaineer grandfather, who introduced me to the wonders of the natural world, while sharing tales of the people and places from his adventurous life. He sparked in me a... MORE
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Not a Country for Dreams
Copyright Nick St.Oegger 2022
Updated Jan 2022
Location Albania
Topics Culture, Documentary, Photography, Street, Travel
2017 marked 25 years since the end of communist rule in Albania. Once considered the "North Korea of Europe”, the country was isolated under a brutal regime, following centuries of occupation by the Ottoman Empire, Italy and Nazi Germany. These shifting influences have left Albania with something of an identity crisis as it adapts its historic alignment with the East to a new Europe dominated by the West. This project looks at Albania today, ostensibly on a path towards EU membership, while still struggling with issues of organised crime, corruption, emigration and the heavy weight of the past.  
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