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“The Last Community”
In 1910, nearly 90% of the Muslim population in Thrace identified as Alevis or Behtashis. The Treaty of Lausanne, signed between Greece and Turkey, subsequently labeled these individuals as a Muslim minority.
During the Cold War, a segment of this minority, residing in the Rodopi Mountains near the Bulgarian border, found themselves isolated by internal barriers.
THE LAST COMMUNITY
To interact with them, special permission was required. Over the years, Sunni Islam gained prominence over other sects.
THE LAST COMMUNITY explores the lives and uncertain future of the remaining 4,000 Greek Alevis/Behtashis in the Evros region, probing into their societal concerns through visual examinations and fieldwork interviews.
Eyeshot Magazine #11 | Open Call 23 Edition
The 11th issue of Eyeshot Magazine is an eco-sustainable, limited edition work of art, printed in Italy on premium paper. Our dedicated team of 4 invested 3,000 hours to successfully conclude the 2023 Open Call. This year’s theme, “The Human Being,” explores diverse human experiences through photography. With an impressive 15,000 submissions from over 100 countries, the issue showcases a global perspective on street and documentary photography.
Based in Kavala, Northern Greece, Antonios Pasvantis completed their photographic education at the Leica Akademie in Athens.
Their most recent long-term endeavor examines life along the Greek-Turkish borders in the Evros region. Addressing issues such as poverty, migration, and vulnerable populations, the project also celebrates the peaceful coexistence of various religious and minority groups in the area, a legacy of the Treaty of Lausanne.
The road to this moment has been a compelling journey of dedication and effort. Our tight-knit, passionate team of four has poured over 3,000 hours into realizing Eyeshot Open Call 2023, laboring tirelessly seven days a week. This year’s theme, “The Human Being,” has offered us a lens to explore the complexity and diversity of human experiences. From the dynamic pulse of cityscapes to the serene moments in rural life; from unguarded moments to intricate human narratives, the competition has received an astonishing 15,000 entries from more than 100 countries. The resulting body of work has been nothing short of a testament to the depth of creativity and passion that exists in the world of photography.
Guiding us through the meticulous selection process was a panel of highly-regarded jurors, a constellation of experts and luminaries in the field: Trent Parke, F. Dilek Yurdakul, Mark Abramson, Isadora Kosofsky, Laylah Amatullah Barrayn, Kitra Cahana, Richard Koci Hernandez, Narelle Autio, Emin Özmen, and our very own Marco Savarese, the visionary behind Eyeshot.