Feb 05, 2020
Dimitra is a Greek photographer who uses the medium to record her life and treasured moments. Inspired by everyday life, family and friends, Dimitra's images are practical and uncomplicated, but precisely because of this, they are intriguing, beautiful and very powerful. In this way, Dimitra's work reminds us that recording lives is and will always be a primordial photography task.
am - First of all thank you very much for your contribution to our project. Can you please introduce yourself for us?
DP - I would like to thank you for having me in your magazine, it is a privilege for me. I am Dimitra Papageorgiou, I studied Public Relations and Communication at Ionian University and discovered photography after my graduation when I was almost 22 years old. At that time I started taking pictures as a hobby with black & white analog film but, as our times mandate, I swiftly switched over to the digital medium. Soon I realize that I wanted to be a photographer, so I decided to study Photography & Audiovisual Arts at the University of West Attica.
Gradually however, something unspoken brought me back to analog, but this time I wanted to explore color. My everyday moments, my memories, my self-portraits, boring or exciting, photogenic or photo-phobic, pretty or ugly, all have started shaping my analog reality, one that I love to depict and eventually print. The seemingly insignificant moment turns into a memory that remains.
My “diary” is a work in progress, just as life is. I might take even better pictures, as my life evolves, or I might choose to stop and forget the analog. But the prints will remain… At the moment I am working on analog and digital personal projects, giving contemporary Art photography workshops like “the Art of Self - portrait’’ and taking photography - videography commissions. I currently live and work in Athens.
am - How did you start in photography?
DP - I started with a vintage film zenit camera with a 50mm lens taking pictures as a hobby, with an intimate approach.
am - What inspires your work?
DP - My everyday life, my home, my family, my friends. I want to collect moments and places. A diary of who I was, where I am and where I will be "frozen" time.
am - What is your main goal as a photographer?
DP - I love contrived photography. I want to create “fantastic worlds” with me inside, or “observe” my daily life routine. I want to learn with the process.
am - Who are your favourite photographers / artists?
DP - There are lots of artists that have inspired me over the time, such as Nan Goldin, Claude Cahum, Francesca Woodman, Nick Waplington, Hannah Starkey, Sarah Moon.
am - What is your favourite movie?
DP - More than one: “In the Mood for Love” by Kar-Wai Wong, “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” by Michel Gondry’s and “Requiem for a dream” by Darren Aronofsky.
am - What is your favourite photo book?
DP - Nick Waplington's “Other Edens”, Roland Barthes' “Camera Lucida, Henri Cartier Bresson's “The Decisive Moment”, Nan Goldin's “The Ballad of sexual dependency”
am - Thank you very much for your time and your contribution to analog magazine.
DP - Thank you for having me.
All images © Dimitra Papageorgiou