George Christakos about himself: I spent 20 years working as a business executive, in the field of marketing. I had a very successful career following deterministic strategies, forms, and formulas that modern marketing dictates, nevertheless I found the field interesting and creative. Yet, I was feeling an ‚out of the box’ golden boy as my ever-lasting passion had always been photography. For more than 30 years a photo camera was a part of my existence. From the old Leica photo cameras and the dark rooms to the digital age and Nikon, the road was long and very creative. The rationalism, the dominating element of my business life, was being replaced during my spare time, by a more emotional and philosophy oriented approach, thus setting free my imagination and giving me absolute freedom of expression. Of course, in the long run, a clash between these two worlds proved inevitable. My kismet was to drastically revise the way of leading my life: “to choose the mistress over the wife”, to finally leave the business world and be occupied with photography on a full-time basis.
Big surprise! Today I recived great message. My portfolio with 40 photos will be presented on Sunday at the Art Takes Miami: 1,001 Artists Project in Miami, USA! The 1,001 artists presented in interactive gallery are from over 86 different countries around the world. They are a small part of the 500,000 members!!!! Works of 1,001 artists will be included in a digital presentation displayed in the Art Takes Miami exhibition booth at SCOPE Art Show. You can see my works on streets of Miami! I’m so happy! And surprised 😉
Scope Art Miami, 1001 Artists Project
4-9 December 2012
PANORAMA MIX-miradas diversas brings together 29 international artists in Barcelona
On Wednesday, November 7th, the international art exhibition PANORAMA MIX-miradas diversas, in association with the Friends of UNESCO, Barcelona, will bring together artists from Latin America and Europe.
The intention of PANORAMA MIX–miradas diversas is to set out a new approach to international contemporary art, by giving vanguard artists of different cultures the opportunity to share their experiences, and show how diversity can lead to harmony and beauty, and bring together Latin America and Europe, which have strong historical and cultural ties. Katia Muñoz and Reina Mendoza, are the curators of this exhibition which will be held until November 29th, at the headquarters of the Friends of UNESCO in Barcelona. The exhibition will then start touring around Europe. PANORAMA MIX-miradas diversas is organized by ArtgestionLab+ in association with the Friends of UNESCO, known around the world for promoting cultural diversity.
Paris Photo, 16th edition at the Grand Palais — the best of 19th century, modern and contemporary photography in the heart of Paris. This year the Paris Photo Platform features 4 days of conferences directed by Roxana Marcoci, Curator of Photography at The Museum of Modern Art, New York, with the special contribution of Paul Holdengräber, Director of „LIVE from The New York Public Library.” Structured as an experimental platform for critical discussions, the Paris Photo Platform engages in dynamic and robust debates about the expanded field and perspectives of photography. Participants feature an international roster of leading artists, architects, filmmakers, cultural historians, and theorists in the field exchanging ideas on the relational contexts in which photography operates today.
15-18 November 2012
Grand Palace, Paris, France
The first edition of Magnum Magnum was the photography book of the decade, a landmark publication that celebrated the vision, imagination and brilliance of the world’s most renowned photographic agency.
With over 400 images selected by Magnum’s photographers, this is at once a permanent record of many of the iconic images from the last 60 years by a legendary creative collective, and an insight, as seen through the critical eyes and minds of Magnum photographers, into what makes a great photograph.
Magnum Magnum harks back to Magnum’s early days, evoking the spirit of what made it such a unique creative environment, where each of the four founding members picture-edited the others’ photographs. Here, a current Magnum photographer selects and critiques six key works of another of the 69 photographers featured, with a commentary explaining the rationale behind their choice.
Photographer Shawn Clover created a set of composite photographs of San Francisco, California, blending pictures from the 1906 earthquake that hit the city, with present day images. Clover collected archival photos of the earthquake’s aftermath. He then replicated the photos himself, down to the location, camera position and focal length, then the rest of the task involved high Photoshop skills. After looking at the stunning results, it’s hard to imagine today that 106 years ago, much of the city we know now was a broken wasteland of rubble. The 1906 earthquake, and its subsequent fires, destroyed much of San Francisco and killed thousands. The work of Clover reminds us of photo blends created by Sergey Larenkov in his Ghosts of WWII series. Clover’s work is broken into two parts, Part 1 was created in 2010 and Part 2 was completed a couple of weeks ago.
From undiscovered photographers to emerging artists to seasoned professionals, everyone is welcome to be a part of The Open. It exists to discover – and rediscover – the most inspiring photographers of our generation. It is for any photographer who wants to open the door to worldwide exposure, connections and opportunity.
It’s simple: photographers submit their best images in any of the 5 categories. A global audience clicks the photos they love. The most-loved images continually move to the forefront for increased exposure. Artists are encouraged to ignite their own social networks to fuel their votes. Half of the 200 finalists are chosen by public appreciation, the other half are chosen by a panel of the sharpest eyes in the business to capture the work of those who may not yet have an online following. The final judging panel awards the category winners and Photographer of the Year. The SOLO prize purse is $25,000.
More info here.