Although it was chosen as the No.1 Destination in Lonely Planet’s list of ten top countries to visit for 2011, Albania is still a country unexplored and unknown to most. The small coastal nation, wedged between Montenegro, Kosovo, Macedonia and Greece, was once home to a long-running government overseen by Stalinist dictator Enver Hoxha. When Dutch photographer David Galjaard recently visited the country, he created Concresco, a series based on one of the lasting reminders of that regime – over 750,000 cement bunkers.
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While that number seems large on any scale, when one considers that the entire population of Albania is only 3.3 million, we quickly realize there was at least one bunker per 4 people in the country. Creating such an infrastructure heavily taxed the people of what has long been one of the poorest countries in Europe. Never used for their intended purpose, the bunkers now sit, decaying across the country in every location imaginable, a reminder of an often brutal regime which many would rather forget. Read a recent interview about the project with Aperture, or find out more at davidgaljaard.nl.