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Portraits and Voices from Greece: Amazing project “Life Narratives” by Nikos Markou

Amazing portraits by photographer Nikos Markou. Young and old Greeks speak about how Politics and Society Impact their Lives. The project “Life Narratives” is a contemporary photographic series based on an audiovisual work, “which seems to engrave history” as the Edge of Humanity Magazine notes.

“The portrait sits still as we listen to each person’s life story, or an extract from it. In this juxtaposition between the flow of the story and the stillness of the face, there emerges a personal story that is part of the political and social life of Greece: glimpses from the crisis, from the life of immigrants, from the hardship that people have had to endure, ways of living, of loving, of getting married, of growing up. This is not a political piece, or was not meant to be.”

With Life Narratives (2012-2014), Markou touches something very private – as if one is looking at a family album with him – and at the same time something extremely public, a great part of Greece itself.

Angelos M “…And now, after all those years of hardships, we finally managed to build with our own hands a small house, but the newcomers are asking for so many taxes so as to take it all away from us once again…

Giorgos: “…Not because I want it to be so, but because they think I am homeless, that’s also important, they won’t speak to a homeless person, they think they are gentlemen and I am second class. What can you do?…

Dimos ““…I am about 55 years old, so they tell me they have no use for an old man like me…”

The portraits and the personal stories you can see and hear in EdgeOfHumanityMagazine.

Nikos Markou is an award winning photographer. He was born in Athens in 1959. He studied Mathematics at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens and has been working as a professional photographer since 1980. He has participated in various exhibitions both in Greece and abroad. He has also presented numerous solo exhibitions. Nikos Markou has published two collections tiltled Cosmos (Tetarto publications) and Geometries (Adam publications). He lives and works in Athens.




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