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The Archaeology of Now by Georgios Makkas

The photo series captures small businesses in Greece that have been forced to close due to recession, and the changing cityscape

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Photos: The Greek Foundation/ Georgios Makkas

10 November 2016

This series of photos by Georgios Makkas is made up by the facades of small businesses that, as a result of Greece entering its sixth year of recession, have been forced to close, with many more likely to follow.

The Greek economy has shrunk by 25 per cent in the last five years and this economic pressure is highly visible in many towns and cities, where up to half of all high street shops have closed.

Many of these shops were run by generations of merchants and with their closure an element of post-war Greek society – the family run store – is dying. Some shops are being taken over by bars and restaurants but most are closing for good. The Greek cityscape is changing for good.

* Courtesy of the Greek Foundation, www.thegreekfoundation.com

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