Last Day of School

  • Photographer
    Marko Risovic, Serbia
  • Prize
    Human Photographer of the Year / Gold Winner in Human/Youth

Last day of school is a narrative dealing with the issue of depopulation in the Balkans, structured through insight into intimate spaces of young people growing up in this region. The identification of a problem of such a magnitude starts in abandoned and dilapidated schools, where there are still traces of life struggling to survive with persistence and firmness of a flower on a rock, but also with its vulnerability. These are the last pupils in village schools, and when they finish their education, the school is left as an empty shell, a monument to times gone by, decay and oblivion.