Almost Europe

PhotographerMiguel & Jan-Christoph Hahn & Hartung
PrizeHonorable Mention
City/CountryFrankfurt, Germany
Photo DateNovember-December 2010
Technical InfoCanon 5d Mark2
Entry Description

Melilla is a Spanish city, located in the north of Africa. It is bordered by the Mediterranean Sea and by Morocco. Since 1497 the region is politically part of Spain. Due to its geographical location, Melilla has increasingly been a target of illegal migration. For the migrants, that come mainly from Subsaharan-Africa and Asia, the enclave is primarily a transit point on their way to the European Union. To stop the rush to Melilla, a six meter high fence was built in 1996. We documented the temporary life, that the migrants in Melilla are creating, while they are waiting for a decision about their fate.

About Photographer

Miguel Hahn was born 1982 in Heidelberg. He is 28 years old. In 2004 He graduated with A-Levels in Altea, Alicante, Spain. Jan-Christoph Hartung was born 1983 in Erbach/Odenwald. He is 28 years old. In 2004 he graduated from Gymnasium Michelstadt. In 2005 they both started to study Communication-Design at the University of applied sciences Darmstadt. Their major field of studies was documentary-photography in the courses of Prof. Michael Kerstgens and Prof. Barbara Klemm. In 2009 Miguel was a visiting student at the universidade Lusofane de Lisboa while Jan-Christoph was a visiting student at the university of applied sciences hamburg in the courses of Prof. Ute Mahler and Prof. Vincent Kohlbecher. In 2011 they both finished their studies with their Diploma-Work >Almost Europe<< which shows the situation of Migrants in the Spanish enclave, Melilla.