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Nick Hannes

Mediterranean. The Continuity of Man
Rich in history and blessed with a pleasant climat, the Mediterranean is the most popular tourist destination in the world. Over 200 million tourists flock to the Mediterranean beaches every year, putting great pressure on its natural scenery.
At the same time the Med functions as an unintentional castle-moat around Fortress Europe. Despite the danger, thousands of desperate immigrants from Africa and Asia continuously attempt to cross the water in shabby boats.
From 2010 to 2014, I travelled the length and breadth of the Mediterranean shores, documenting various contemporary issues such as tourism, urbanization and migration in 20 different countries. These pictures ended up in a book and exhibition called ‘Mediterranean. The Continuity of Man’. It’s a caleidoscopic portrait of the region in which I try to capture the spirit of the time.
For ‘Documentary Platform’ I compiled a series of photographs I took during a road trip from Genova to Lampedusa. All images have been made in the vicinity of the Mediterranean coast.
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