Dream Journey

George Georgiou was commissioned to depict his dream journey: the route along the Black Sea from Ukraine to his home in the only Albanian village in Bulgaria, for the New York Times. Throughout his trip tourism now collides with encounters of refugees in sanatoriums from the conflict that has engulfed the country over the past year and a half.

This is one of the poorest regions in Europe, but there is an emerging middle class, and in summer you get people from all over Eastern Europe and Russia coming in for a budget holiday. The Black Sea out of season feels more melancholic, but summer changes everything.

View the New York Times Series at http://nyti.ms/1Vg61SW

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    George Georgiou

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    Sony α7R Vario-Tessar T* FE 24-70mm F4 ZA OSS 2.0sec, f/9, ISO 800

    A shrine to Igor Ivanov, a Pro Ukrainian member of the right sector who died from a bullet shot on May 2nd, before the tragic events that followed that day. 48 people were killed and hundreds injured when street battles culminated in a fatal fire at the trsde Union building where hundreds of pro-Russia activists were barricaded in. Odessa, Ukraine.

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    New developments in the market at the Arcadia beach area of Odessa.

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    Sea front near Arcadia, Odessa, Ukraine.

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    Sony α7R Vario-Tessar T* FE 24-70mm F4 ZA OSS 1/160sec, f/9, ISO 800

    Luzanivka beach, a popular working class beach resort in the east of Odessa.

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    In the background is one of Constanta's famous landmarks, Casino Constanta. Closed since 1990 and in disrepair, the EU has given a grant of 10 million Euros for its restoration. Work should begin this fall.

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    Bulyard Shipping repair Company, Varna, Bulgaria

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    Boys from Russia just before a talent competition to be held at the camp. Children come from many former communist countries, including Russia, Ukraine, Moldova for their school holidays. St Vlas, Black Sea, Bulgaria.

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    Medicinal mud and salt ponds, Burgas.

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    English dancing girls. Balkanski circus, Nessebar, Bulgaria.

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    The people's palace: Built for the communist party conferences, the building has been left abandoned and in ruins since 1989. A small opening allows people to sneak in.

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George Georgiou

George Georgiou

“My photography is not detached; I try to capture and understand the emotional content of everyday migrations, rhythms and rituals.”

"When you first arrive in a place, you are so informed by images you have already seen that it is a burden you have to lose," says George when explaining his approach to photography and the time it takes to understand a country and its people.

George is a member of Panos Pictures and has been photographing with Sony cameras for nearly eight years now, often shooting projects exclusively with Sony equipment.

Over his career as a photographer, George has achieved a variety of accolades including winning World Press Photo awards and a POYi award. He has also published two books, Faultlines: Turkey/East/West & Last Stop . In 2011, his work was exhibited at MoMA in New York as part of their annual show, New Photography.

In 2014, Global Imaging Ambassadors published George’s series Almeria Greenhouses, shot on the Sony RX1.

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