Nick St.Oegger

Photographer
   
Not a Country for Dreams
Location: Tirana, Albania
Biography: Nick St.Oegger is a documentary photographer and writer, whose interest in storytelling and the natural world was formed during childhood journeys with his mountaineer grandfather. His work explores the relationship between people and place,... read on
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Not a Country for Dreams
Copyright Nick St.Oegger 2022
Updated Jan 2022
Location Albania
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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