Excerpt from Viewpoint Documentary Series, by Nicolas Panoutsopoulos

The Elements

The adventure would always begin in the first week of June. Right after the school closed, I was flying out of Ellinikon Airport to the island of Lemnos to spent the summer with my grandparents at the family house.

On our approach for landing, looking out of the window was a thrilling experience, soon after, as the door of the aircraft opened, and I stepped outside, the sweet scent of wheat fields would welcome me; then I knew I had arrived.

In Lemnos, I learned to ride a bicycle and to swim. These acts of balancing on two wheels and floating on the water gave me a sharp sense of freedom; I was conquering the elements, which felt like pure bliss. A deep growing attachment to this place inspired my early steps in photography.

I vividly remember the day when my father and I walked into the camera shop where he bought me a Zenit; I was 14 years old. This summer, with my camera, I made the first attempts to convey the emotions and reflections triggered by the contours, the colors, the scents, and the sounds of the island in two dimensions.

Now, I live in New York. I teach, lecture, and work as a freelance photographer on portrait, architecture, and documentary assignments. I consider photography an excellent tool for research and study of visual perception and the processes transpiring behind the retina in the human brain, where consciousness arises, information acquires meaning, and life’s narrative takes shape.

Selected Shows

2018    RNOP – Hellenikon, Assemblage no 7, Platforms Project, Greece

2016    Tzoumerka Instant, Vovousa Festival, Vovousa, Greece

2016    Ellinikon, Garner Center, Flash Forward Festival, Boston, MA

2016    Nature Morte, Museum of Contemporary Art, Rethymno, Greece

2015    The Curve, Center for Contemporary Arts, Santa Fe, NM

2015    18×8, PointB Worklodge Studios, Brooklyn, NY

2014    Spirit of Flight, The Museum of Flight, Seattle, WA

2013    Identities and Covert Narratives, Tettix Gallery, Thessaloniki, Greece

2013    NOW, Greek-French Association, Athens, Greece

2012    Photoville, Brooklyn, NY

2011    Focus in the Depth of America, Lishui 14th IPF, Lishui, China

2011    New York Photo Festival, Brooklyn, NY

2010    “Knitting is For PUS***”, Scope Miami, FL

2010    “Knitting is For PUS***”, Christopher Henry Gallery, SoHo, NY

2010    PhotoBiennale 2010, Museum of Photography, Thessaloniki, Greece

2010    Hopes, Dreams & Hard Times, Benaki Museum, Athens, Greece

2009    Ellinikon, MonkeyTown, Brooklyn, NY

2008    This Case of Conscience, Queens Museum of Art, Queens, NY

Selected Press

2019    Photologio, Greece

2018    Smithsonian Air & Space Magazine, USA

2018    “K” Magazine, GR

2016     ViewFind, SF

2015    Square Magazine, UK

2015    L’ Oleil de La Photographie, France

2015    LENSCRATCH, Center Awards, USA

2014    Gizmodo, USA

2014    Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool, UK

2014    LENSCRATCH, USA

2013    Le Journal de la Photographie, France

2012    AI-AP, USA

2012    Time-Out, USA

2011    New York Times, USA

Books And Catalogues

2011    Lishui 14th International Photography Festival, Catalogue, China

2010    Hopes, Dreams & Hard Times, Benaki Museum/Hestia Publications, Greece

2006    People/The Affluence Portfolio, Greece

Awards And Residencies

2015    Critical Mass 2015, Finalist

2015    CENTER AWARDS 2015, Editor’s Choice, 3rd Place

2012    International Photo Awards 2012, Honorable Mention

2006    PointB Worklodge Studios, Residency, Brooklyn, USA

Collaborations

2016    National Air & Space Museum, Washington DC

2010    Olek, Olek as Olympia, New York, USA

2009    Luke Damrosch, Chris Kuklis, Astrid Steiner, Ellinikon, New York, USA

2008    Panos Tsagaris, The Kiss, New York, USA

Affiliations

Lenscratch, Author, USA

PointB, International Board of Advisors, New York, USA

Teaching And Lecturing

NYU School of Professional Studies, Guest Lecturer

P.I. Art Center, Photography

Collections

Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum, Washington DC, USA

Museum of Contemporary Art of Crete, Rethymnon, Greece

Private Collections, USA, Greece

Installations

Lemnos International Airport, Greece

Selected Shows

2018  RNOP – Hellenikon, Assemblage no 7, Platforms Project, Greece

2016  Tzoumerka Instant, Vovousa Festival, Vovousa, Greece

2016  Ellinikon, Garner Center, Flash Forward Festival, Boston, MA

2016  Nature Morte, Museum of Contemporary Art, Rethymno, Greece

2015  The Curve, Center for Contemporary Arts, Santa Fe, NM

2015  18×8, PointB Worklodge Studios, Brooklyn, NY

2014  Spirit of Flight, The Museum of Flight, Seattle, WA

2013  Identities and Covert Narratives, Tettix Gallery, Thessaloniki, Greece

2013  NOW, Greek-French Association, Athens, Greece

2012  Photoville, Brooklyn, NY

2011  Focus in the Depth of America, Lishui 14th IPF, Lishui, China

2011  New York Photo Festival, Brooklyn, NY

2010  “Knitting is For PUS***”, Scope Miami, FL

2010  “Knitting is For PUS***”, Christopher Henry Gallery, SoHo, NY

2010  PhotoBiennale 2010, Museum of Photography, Thessaloniki, Greece

2010  Hopes, Dreams & Hard Times, Benaki Museum, Athens, Greece

2009  Ellinikon, MonkeyTown, Brooklyn, NY

2008  This Case of Conscience, Queens Museum of Art, Queens, NY

Selected Press 

2019  Photologio, Greece   

2018  Smithsonian Air & Space Magazine, USA

2018  “K” Magazine, GR

2016  ViewFind, SF

2015  Square Magazine, UK

2015  L’Oleil de La Photographie, France

2015  LENSCRATCH, Center Awards, USA

2014  Gizmodo, USA

2014  Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool, UK

2014  LENSCRATCH, USA

2013  Le Journal de la Photographie, France

2012  AI-AP, USA

2012  Time-Out, USA

2011  New York Times, USA

Books

2011  Lishui 14th International Photography Festival, Catalogue, China

2010  Hopes, Dreams & Hard Times, Benaki Museum/Hestia Publications, Greece

2006  People/The Affluence Portfolio, Greece

Residencies, Awards

2015  Critical Mass 2015, Finalist

2015  CENTER AWARDS 2015, Editor’s Choice, 3rd Place

2012  International Photo Awards 2012, Honorable Mention

2006  PointB Worklodge Studios, Residency, Brooklyn, USA

Collaborations

2016  National Air & Space Museum, Washington DC

2010  Olek, Olek as Olympia, New York, USA

2009  Luke Damrosch, Chris Kuklis, Astrid Steiner, Ellinikon, New York, USA

2008  Panos Tsagaris, The Kiss, New York, USA

Affiliations

Lenscratch, Author, USA

PointB, International Board of Advisors, New York, USA

Teaching

NYU School of Professional Studies, Guest Lecturer

P.I. Art Center, Photography

Collections

Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum, Washington DC, USA

Museum of Contemporary Art of Crete, Rethymnon, Greece

Private Collections, USA, Greece

Installations

Lemnos International Airport, Greece