Socrates Baltagiannis
GREECE
Socrates Baltagiannis is a documentary photographer born (1979) and based in Athens, Greece. Apart from his commissioned work, which often lies between editorial and assignments covering news, humanitarian crisis and current affairs, his personal work is multifaceted, dealing with subject matters not necessarily popular but always with an eye on social issues and how people are affected by society, the environment and vice versa. Many of his images have been published in prominent newspapers and journals worldwide, such as Der Spiegel, Wall Street Journal, MSNBC, the Guardian, Courrier International, Internazionale, Le Point, Le Temps, Stern, La Croix, Die Zeit and FAZ among others. He works freelance for dpa (German Press Agency) and from 2015, he has been working closely with organizations such as the IFRC and UNHCR, documenting the refugee crisis in Greece. He is a member of the Frontline Freelance Register and on June 2018, took part at a HEFAT (Hostile Environment & First Aid Training) hosted by 1st Option safety group.
In Limbo
They have been born or finished school in Greece. They hang out at the same places that other Greeks do, and they share the same concerns. They talk, they think, they even dream in Greek. However, this group lives in limbo, deprived of Greek citizens’ right. These are about 200,000 children and young adults, born and raised in Greece from immigrant parents, whom the Greek state refuses to recognize as its own. By not having a Greek citizenship, these children are simply considered immigrants in their own country. Whereas, at the same time, in most E.U. countries, children with immigrant background, immediately acquire the nationality of the country that they have been born in. Being a child with an immigrant background in Greece, means that you don’t have the right to vote and/or be elected, since you’re not considered a Greek citizen, thus you have no political rights. You need a residence permit in order to legally live in the country in which you were born and raised; you have to live with the risk that, at any moment, you may be deported to a country which you have maybe only heard of from your parents or at from school. The things mentioned above, are just some of the problems that an invisible generation is facing in Greece. In June 2015, the Greek government passed a law trying to fill gaps in legislation and give the right of Greek citizenship to children of immigrant backgrounds that were born in and/or attended school in Greece. However, thanks to the famously slow-moving Greek bureaucracy this law has never lived up to these children’s expectations. However, this law never reached the children expectations for moving too slow due to the famous Greek bureaucracy.

The Addis Foto Fest (AFF) was established in 2010 by award-winning photographer and cultural entrepreneur, Aida Muluneh. The festival is organized by Desta for Africa Creative Consulting PLC. AFF is a biennial international photography festival held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. It has previously featured exhibitions, portfolio reviews, conferences, projections and film screenings in many different renowned venues. It is also the first and only international photography festival in East Africa.