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"A common story" by Kostas Kapsianis

Dec 11, 2017

Kostas is a Greek photographer who creates compelling visual narratives about ordinary people and their lives. Using a direct and honest style, Kostas' images transform these ordinary lives into something theatrical and powerful, where the small details reveal fascinating and engaging stories. Following we present an interview that we had with Kostas: am - First of all thank you very much for your contribution to our project. Can you please introduce yourself for us? KK - My name is Kostas Kapsianis I was born in Athens and still live here. I studied photography in the “Photography Circle” during 2001 in Athens . I currently work on some new projects, and I’m the owner of a small business that supplies packaging goods. am - How did you start in photography? KK - From an early age I liked to observe the world; humans and scenes from my daily life alike. Still today I find myself looking at things in the same way as I did when I was a kid. I bought my first camera at the age of sixteen, but quickly gave up photography. Twenty years later on a trip to Latin America, a close friend & photographer handed me a camera and 10 rolls, and that was it. am - What inspires your work? KK - I am inspired by common people, the ordinary life and common stories of people around me. I choose themes that expose human life and the instances where these lives take place. Each of my projects interrelate with one another since my main source of interest is a life story. am - What is “A common story” about? KK - The 'A common story' series began in 2013 and it tells about the Greek countryside. Raised in Athens and living in a metropolis, I had the need to travel and discover it with a camera. At first I did not have anything specific in mind, but when I started this trip, I realized that it had to do directly with my father’s tales and memories. I had an idea about the countryside’s daily life through him, which in substance was not mine, but on the other hand everything was very familiar. My father, a financial migrant, often spoke with nostalgia about his place of origin. I believe nothing is accidental. However working on this ongoing project today, is maybe directly related to what is happening in Greece now. There are alternative ways to express the current events that worry people nowadays. am - How would you describe your visual language? KK - I prefer to approach my subjects with a clear view that never slips the limits of real life, avoiding both the obvious and sophisticated messages. am - Who are your favourite photographers / artists? KK - There are many artists I’m fond of. I don’t usually use the word favorite but in a small pick I’d have to say Alec Soth, Stephen Shore, William Eggleston, Francis Bacon, Amadeo Modigliani. am - What’s your favourite movie? KK - 'Songs From The Second Floor' by Roy Andersson; 'Johnny Got His Gun' by Dalton Trumbo and 'Paris, Texas' by Wim Wenders. am - What is your favourite photo book? KK - 'Los Alamos Revisited' by William Eggleston; 'Uncommon Places' by Stephen Shore and 'An Aperture Monograph' by Diane Arbus. am - Thank you very much for your time and your contribution to analog magazine. KK - Thank you for your interest on my work.

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