May 14, 2018
Michalis is a Greek photographer who creates visual narratives that portray the "human condition". In his photographs Michalis seeks to explore the emotions of his sitters in a detached and authentic way, like in the series presented here, which studies how our identities are affected by the current economic system.
Following we present an interview that we had with him:
am - First of all thank you very much for your contribution to our project. Can you please introduce yourself for us?
MP - Hi and thank you for giving me a space in your excellent magazine. I was born in Athens Greece in 1978. I studied photography at the "Leica Academy" in Athens and worked in the fashion industry. Since 2003 I have been running my own photolab in Sitia, Crete where I live.
am - How did you start in photography?
MP - My father, a professional sailor, opened a one hour process film shop back
in 1988 in Crete because he wanted to stay close to our family. That was my first contact with photography.
am - What inspires your work?
MP - People and life stories that take place in this part of the world, but could
easily happen anywhere.
am - What is “Infinite perimeter” about?
MP - "Infinite Perimeter" is a project about human identity as it exists in the
current stage of capitalism. It is about the feelings of loss, loneliness and isolation that everyone can experience, either as immigrant or even in your homeland. It is about the sense of being exiled even from ourselves.
am - How would you describe your visual language?
MP - Sometimes when shooting a subject, the resulting pictures appear to be of
something else. The subject itself is there, but seen from a new perspective. The references and parallels that can be drawn, as well as the potential for multiple readings are of great importance to me.
am - Who are your favourite photographers / artists?
MP - Antoine Bruy, Michelle Palazzi, Yannis Karpouzis, Nikos Markou, Pavlos Fysakis, Kostas Kapsianis.
am - What are your main interests as an artist?
MP - What moves me is the human condition. I try to remove myself from the events
and circumstances, and reach for the emotions they create. We are tragic figures, and the presence of death is, in my opinion, a central element for both life and art.
am - What’s your favourite movie?
MP - One of my favourite movies is ‘Leviathan’ by Andrey Zvyagintsev.
am - What is your favourite photo book?
MP - ‘The Family Album of Lucybelle Crater’ by Ralph Eugene Meatyard.
am - Thank you very much for your time and your contribution to analog magazine.
MP - Thank you very much for your time and effort.