Myrto Papadopoulos is a documentary photographer, educator, and filmmaker. Her work tends to focus on issues surrounding gender, identity, and trauma.
She was a nominee for the 2018 MAGNUM Foundation Fund, and winner - emerging photographer 2013 - of the Magenta Foundation.
Her work has been presented in numerous solo and group exhibitions.
Her clients include TIME Magazine, Smithsonian Magazine, Nationalgeographic.com, GEO Magazine, WSJ, The Washington Post, Le Monde, The Guardian, DIE ZEIT, Lens New York Times, ARTE - ZDF among others. She is represented by Redux Pictures in NY.
For the last year, I have been driving 450 miles north of Athens to Western Thrace, to reach the villages of the Pomak minority, the only area in Europe where sharia law is implemented.
The Pomaks are Greek citizens, ethnically Slavic, and Muslim by religion. This group is part of Greece's broader Muslim minority who have lived in a state of relative autonomy since the 1923 Treaty of Lausanne.
I began this project photographing the women, exploring the way in which their lives are changing now that decades of isolation are slowly being reversed.
However, one major aspect of this story is the role that men play – a role that is characterized more by their absence than by their presence.