image from a personal project / work in progress since January 2012 | as seen in le journal de la photographie
Anna is a professional photographer currently based in Athens, Greece. She has previous experience in the animation and design industries and holds a BA(hons) in Product Design from Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design in London (Now UOA). She is currently a correspondent for foreign press and local media | Fluent in French, Greek and English | Email me: info (at) annapsaroudakis (dot) com
A work-in-progress series focusing on the effects of the Greek financial crisis in Athens. A presentation of selected images were part of the "Greetings from Greece" event in Montpellier, France | 9-10/3/12 youtubeit
After decades of rivalry between New Democracy and the Panhellenic Socialist Movement (PASOK), Greece's two dominant parties lost votes to the radical left SYRIZA and the extreme right wing Golden Dawn (Chrysi Avgi). The failure to form a Coalition Government on the 6th of May Elections called for a repeat round on June 17th, leaving an Interim Government in place throughout this period. The radical right wing Popular Orthodox Rally (LAOS) had joined the 2011-2012 Interim Coalition of the Lucas Papademos Cabinet - It was the first time that a right wing party had participated in Government after the fall of the 1974 military Junta. LAOS's pro-Memorandum stance resulted in an important number of conservative followers pulling votes. In the first round LAOS dropped below the 3% threshold therefore failing to secure seats in Parliament, thus paving the way for Golden Dawn to enter for the first time. SYRIZA, a former Coalition of the radical left and now a united Party, is currently the main opposition for the Coalition of New Democracy, PASOK and the Democratic Left.
Austerity cuts are already excessively severe under the inevitable implementation of a 3rd Memorandum. Amidst fear of a deepening of the crisis with a 25% unemployment rate, the pressure keeps on mounting under close watch from the European Commission, the European Central Bank and the International Monetary Fund. What will happen in Greece over the next year is still anyone's guess.
Michalis Zambidis, aka Iron Mike, defended his title "King of the ring" against Syrian-Austrian fighter Fadi Merza at the kick boxing world championship, Iron Challenge. (at Ellinikon Stadium in Athens)
Artists featured / Shyheim, live at K44 | Kool Keith & KutMasta Kurt, live at Bios (QNQ Productions) | GZA & Raekwon (Wu-Tang Clan), Wu Legends Tour, live in Athens