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New photojournalism festival launched: Athens Photo World

This in from PAN friend, AP Chief Photographer in Turkey, Lefteris Pitarakis which will feature the work of photojournalist Yannis Behrakis who died in March.

Hey Will , how are you,
Wanted to share with you for your consideration, our news about Athens Photo World, Greece’s first photojournalism festival, that we re organizing this June.


An ethnic Albanian villager looks through a bullet hole in a bus window in the village of Lapusnik 20 km south-west of Kosovo’s capital Pristina, May 11, 1998. The bus was destroyed during fierce fighting between Serbian forces and ethnic Albanian separatists. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis

Athens Photo World 2019 

Athens Photo World is a new initiative in the cultural and photographic perspective of Athens, based on an idea by Thanassis Stavrakis, Associated Press Chief Photographer for Greece, Cyprus, Albania and N. Macedonia. With a donation of Stavros Niarchos Foundation and the collaboration of a number of important institutions such as the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center, Athens CultureNet and under the auspices of the City of Athens, Athens Photo World will be held from the 7th to the 16th of June 2019, aiming to bring photojournalism close to the Athenian audience through a series of exhibitions and events featuring some of the best contemporary Greek and international photojournalists. 

At its opening event, Athens Photo World honours with its exhibitions and events photojournalist Yannis Behrakis, focusing on his long, rich and award-winning work. Athens Photo World started off with the valuable collaboration of the organising team with Yannis Behrakis. His ideas, his experience, his work and his personality have been a source of inspiration for the APW contributors and the organisation will always honour his memory and contribution to Greek and international photojournalism. 

Athens Photo World will go for ten days and bring seven exhibitions to the capital, more than 100 photographers and more than 500 photos. Locals and visitors of Athens will come “face to face” with the global reality of the planet through the gaze and the work of experienced and recognised photographers. 

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Athens Photo World aims to showcase the work of photojournalists and their contribution to shaping the image of our world and history in the making, in times of political and social upheaval and reclassification. At the same time, an intended purpose is to showcase Athens as the meeting point of photographers at a time of rapid transmission of images, news and developments. 

The first Athens Photo World is under the auspices of the City of Athens, with the donation of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation and in collaboration with Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center, Athens Culture Net functioning after founding donation from the SNF, the National Garden, the Ephorate of Antiquities, the Office of Modern Monuments and Technical Works of Attica and the Greek Archaeologists Association.

A Syrian refugee kisses his daughter as he walks through a rainstorm towards Greece’s border with FYRO-Macedonia, near the Greek village of Idomeni, September 10, 2015. Thousands of refugees and migrants, including many families with young children, have been left soaked after spending the night sleeping in the open in torrential rain on the Greek- FYRO Macedonian border. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis

The Athens Photo World organising team:

Thanassis Stavrakis, AP chief photographer Greece, Cyprus, Albania and Northern Macedonia: Artistic Director

Lefteris Pitarakis, AP Chief Photographer Turkey, based in Istanbul: Curator / Coordinator of Yannis Behrakis Exhibition

Yannis Kolesidis, ANA/EPA photographer / photojournalist, based in Athens  

Curator / Coordinator of Digital Projections

Christina Kalligianni, photographer, PhD candidate, Panteion University

General Coordination


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