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Interview Conceptual


I discovered the new book by Kostis Argyriadis on The Phooks and was immediately hooked by his abstract-like, fragmented images that reminded me of Daidio Moriyama's work. I just had to learn more about this great photographer.

- Tell us a little about your background / what path led you to becoming a photographer, and to doing what you’re doing today?

Since I was young I had a compact camera and I was shooting snapshots of my daily life and the life of others. It came naturally that later on I bought an slr camera and so on. I found beauty and relativity on this medium, it is the way, my way I think, to let the inner communicate with the outer world.

DD-MM-YYYY is my latest project and a book. It is depicting in a poetic way the awareness of time that goes by, time inside us and time out there in a city and in nature. It is describing in the field of idealism the “totem” of a city and the beautiful solidarity of nature that hugs us all.

- Can you tell us a bit more about the project ‘DD/MM/YYYY’?

DD/MM/YYYY is a series of personal photographic explorations of place and presence. It explores time and what remains of it as it flows between us. In a way, it is an isolation in a small universe that I am trying to create and within which I am trying to exist comfortably.   

What I discover (or find) in this series are human forms and traces of nature, bombarded by fragments of memory that I collect to create this new passage, which may be a new isolation or a way out. At the same time, I am attempting to remain consciously present, aware, always in the way that every new answer leads to a new question, starting a new circle while ending the previous one. 

As I look back on this project’s moments of creation, I observe that there is always something more to unfold: a reminder of what is actually important without seeming important; a fleeting glimpse of the everyday, magical, yet trivial events that life provides.

- Can you tell us a bit more about your process?

I only have one rule: to process the image in the way that I was in the past doing in the darkroom. This process I now do in photoshop.

Photography is a copy of reality and perhaps this is the more easy and more difficult part  of this medium. It is easy to use, hard to make it mean something strong artistically because exactly it comes straight out from reality.

- What does photography mean to you?

Photography is about exploring the world and questioning yourself perhaps always the same questions, perhaps the wrong questions and then instead of answers you get new questions.

- What makes you photograph in black & white?

I shoot black and white because it expresses me the most right now. I understand that it is not the modern way of photography but I really don’t care a lot. Maybe in the future I will do color photographs, maybe both, black and white and color, I don’t know.

- Which other photographers, designers, artists or creative people are you loving at the moment?

I really love Daido Moriyama work, William Eggleston. Antoine d'Agata, Anders Petersen, Diane Arbus, Francis Bacon, Egon Shiele, Nick Cave (the musician), Paul Cezanne, Anselm Kiefer

© Pictures by Kostis Argyriadis