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Dimitris Papanikolaou

Dimitrios Papanikolaou is a Greek professional basketball player and a professional basketball coach. He spent most of his career playing at the shooting guard and small forward positions, although he also played at the power forward position late in his career.
He is the only Greek basketball player who has won the triple crown (Euroleague, championship and cup) twice, with different teams: in 1997 with Olympiakos and in 2007 with Panathinaikos.

Headshot photography portrait for the cover of Dimitris Papanikoalou book with the Title 11:11 ALL UNIQUE, ALL EQUAL.

“Mr. Papanikolaou, we are sorry, we do not accept “these children” in our school.
Mr. Papanikolaou, if you take your daughter from the volleyball team, she will not have a career.
Dimitris, they made fun of her on Tik Tok, calling her autistic.
Dimitri, again turned speechless and sad.
Dimitris, the other children went for a walk and told her that they would not go out so as not to take her with them. Don’t find out she was lied to.

One night my cell phone lit up for a notification. The time was 11:11, a number my wife and I saw almost every day, on the phone, on receipts, on signs, on license plates, etc., from Aria’s diagnosis onward.
This time I would pay more attention to them. What do you want to tell me and you keep appearing in front of me? I screenshotted them. I focused on the numbers on the screen. Taking one off changed the total, each number was unique. Then I zoomed in. All numbers were equal. In height, in thickness. “All unique, all equal. All unique, all equal!” I exclaimed.
I’m not winning anymore with complaints and individual battles, I’m shrinking. I will gain by creating and spreading light. I will activate the good guys who are outnumbered, and the “bad guys” will retreat.

But I still have a serious problem to solve. My wife won’t let me talk publicly about the child because she’s afraid it will be stigmatized. That’s okay, I have all the stuff from sports and I know how good teams and their leaders work. I will take responsibility, put myself forward and speak for myself”.

 

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Thomas Skouteris

Headshot portrait photography for the international law professor Thomas Skouteris . When it comes to academics, we often think of professors as serious and aloof individuals buried in books and research. But every now and then, a professor comes along who defies those stereotypes, combining a sharp intellectual curiosity with a genuinely warm and approachable personality.
Overall Thomas Skouteris is a brilliant mind and a joyful fellow.

Thomas Skouteris is a Greek/Dutch jurist specialized in international law and related fields. He is an associate professor (tenured) at the Department of Law and director of the Ibrahim Shihata Memorial LLM Program in International and Comparative Law. Before joining AUC in 2008, Skouteris taught at Leiden University (2000-2008) and the Central European University (2013-2014) and worked as a research fellow at the T.M.C. Asser Institute in the Hague. He was also a senior fellow at the European Law Research Centre at Harvard Law School.

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Delta Restaurant Team

The creative team of Michelin Stars Delta Restaurant, Thanos Feskos, Giorgos Papazaxarias and Jana Cechova was featured in the November issue of "Gastronomos" magazine "100 favorite suggestions for 24 hours".  This post is not about food photography.  Is a creative portraiture process dedicated to the people that give the best of their shelves every day to explore, to experiment, to satisfy their creative nature and their guests, tasting new gastronomic experiences. Special thanks to the three members of the team and gastronomos magazine, for giving us the chance to share our time creatively through the medium of portrait photography.

 


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Athens’ Grande Bretagne & King George FNL Awards

In the portrait photography campaign for the Athenian hotels Grande Bretagne & King George photographs presents the awarded crew of the hotels that received four distinctions at this year’s FNL Best Restaurant Awards, recognizing their unique culinary offerings.
The FNL Best Restaurant Awards, now in its 6th edition in 2023, are determined by a committee consisting of FNL experts and distinguished gastronomy critics.
This annual gastronomy event is organized by FNL Guide, also known as The Food & Leisure Guide.

In the pictures with the Acropolis on the background, except the group portrait photo, also is included the awarded Asterios Koustoudis, the Executive Chef of Hotels Grande Bretagne & King George, was presented with the coveted Chef of the Year accolade. This award acknowledges his exceptional talent and significant contribution to Greece’s culinary scene.
Furthermore, Michalis Ladas, the maître of Tudor Hall restaurant, was honored as the Restaurant Manager of the Year. This special award recognizes Ladas for his remarkable contribution to Athens’ catering history and his illustrious 35-year career in renowned establishments.
Additionally, GB Roof Garden Restaurant and Tudor Hall Restaurant garnered FNL stars for their culinary excellence.
Under the guidance of Chef de Cuisine Nikos Liokas, GB Roof Garden Restaurant received one star for its exceptional Modern International Cuisine.
Meanwhile, Tudor Hall Restaurant, led by Chef de Cuisine Nikos Leivadias, maintained its prestigious two stars in the International Fine Dining caAtegory for yet another year.

These honors exemplify the hotels’ dedication to promoting Greek gastronomy to a diverse, international audience and solidify their position as leaders in the catering sector.
Hotel Grande Bretagne & King George are owned by Lampsa Hellenic Hotels S.A, a subsidiary company of the Laskaridis Group.
They are managed by Marriott International, Inc., a global hospitality company headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, USA.
Marriott operates and franchises hotels worldwide, offering the highly acclaimed travel program, Marriott Bonvoy™, boasting 141 million members globally.

 

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Dimitris Papadimitriou

With the title "Cooking is inner prayer", Gastronomos magazine, host the interview of the composer Dimitris Papadimitriou for the August issue. His portrait photography took place at his home accompanied with the great taste of his recipes and an interesting conversation about his music experiences.

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Music for cinema, theater and television, symphonic works, pioneering actions and vision. The composer Dimitris Papadimitriou It is still thirsty, after forty years of creation, and quenches the thirst of its recipients. With its prestige and consistent attitude, it brings together artists and people with similar concerns, at the same time giving a step to younger people to show their talents. He is steeped in our popular wealth, he owns its secrets and peculiarities, he knows deeply the ways and places of his libation. His folk songs have his "academic" aura, but they are not ossified, that is why they were sung, loved, they were even danced by the crowd, and most importantly, they stayed!
Quiet strength. It has a "plan", earthly, but also transcendental at the same time. Global, cosmopolitan, that is to say "Greek". He becomes a heretic to forge new paths, he becomes a "wrecker" to flatten swampy stereotypes and build new bridges. He loves cooking and has even received professional offers for his performance. So, my invitation for a culinary interview in a meal at his house. Dimitris Papadimitriou is a hospitable host. The space is similar to his work, flooded with unique art objects, some of which have family roots.

Text by Kostas Balachoutis

 

Dimitris Papadimitriou has written symphonic works, pieces for solo instruments and combinations of instruments, music for theater and for Greek cinema (Electric Angel, Revenge, Archangel of Passion, The Tree We Hurt, Victory of Samothrace, Lovers in the Time Machine, The Life One and a Half Thousand, The Light Going Out etc.), for Greek television and for television series in Sweden, France, Germany and elsewhere. The general public discovered him because of television.

Known from the beginning of the 1980s until today for his fine compositions, several of which dressed up well-known television hits (such as Anastasia by Giorgos Kordellas in a script by Mirela Papaikonomou, Don't Be Afraid of Fire, Due to Honor, Life which I did not live, Leni and the Witches of Smyrna), Dimitris Papadimitriou has also collaborated with Eleftheria Arvanitaki in a cycle of songs with the general title Songs for the Months, where he set well-known Greek poets to music.

In 2003 he took over as director of the Third Program and in September 2010 general director of Hellenic Radio[5]. Busy but versatile, after his long-term presence in the administration of ERT radio, he founded the Greek Project, a non-profit organization for the promotion of Greek and not only music[6]. In 2006 he gave a concert in the General Assembly Hall of the United Nations Organization on the occasion of the organization's 60th birthday. He was born in Alexandria, Egypt in 1958.

 

 


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Georgios Xenos

“We don’t know after all who is really imprisoned. The one outside or the one inside? And what kind of prison is this? Many people out there remain voluntarily incarcerated. So, I would tell you that many times being inside also involves a kind of asceticism. It has a loneliness characterized by greater freedom. So it always depends on the reason for which you are imprisoned”.
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georgios_xenos_portrait_photographer_athens_greeceGeorgios Xenos was born in Athens in 1953. He studied at the Ecole nationale superieure des Beaux Arts- Section des Arts Plastiques in Paris, during the years 1976 – 1982.
From 1983 to 1986 he lived and worked in Athens. In 1987 he lived and worked in Mönchengladbach, Germany.
From 1988 to 1992 he lived and worked in Berlin, where he experienced the historical events of the Fall of Berlin’s Wall. During this period, he exhibited his work in Winckelmann Museum, Stendal (June – October 1991) and in Pergamon Museum, Berlin (January – November 1992).

Since 1993 he has been living and working in Athens.

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Panagiotis Marinis

I am sharing portrait photography of a very close friend and a lovely human being, the greek sculptor Panagiotis Marinis.  Panagiotis is an example of folk art sculptor that frees the form of his works through his instinct and his connection with nature.

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Marinis_by_Dimitris_Vlaikos_portrait__photographer_athens_greece"Sculpting with tireless but wise drive the silent surface of the stone of Aegina, Panagiotis Marinis has been processing and taming its primary material for many decades, skilfully revealing its organic nature, touching its mysterious interior which, between his hands, explodes and transforms into living flesh..." wrote Iris Kritikou in 2018 with a form the group exhibition "Diachronies", in which samples of his work were presented at the Diachronic Museum of Larissa. It returns to the same museum, from July 17 to October 30, 2023, with the solo exhibition entitled "Stone Tools", with a series of sculptures that interact with selected Neolithic and Bronze Age stone tools from the museum's collection. On this occasion, we spoke with the important artist.

 

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Panagiotis Marinis was born in 1955 in Aegina, where he lives and works until today, remaining a lover of nature and folklore and using stone as the main raw material of his work. His involvement in sculpture began in 1981 with the main stimulus being his works and meetings with Christos Kapralos, as well as the work of Grigoris Maltese. His works can be found in private collections in Greece and abroad, at the entrance of the Aegina Town Hall (work in collaboration with the painter Giorgos Chatzimihalis), as well as in the Cypriot Consulate in New York. He maintains a permanent sculpture exhibition in his Agricultural Garden in Kypseli, Aegina. He has held solo exhibitions in Athens ("The Stone He Knew", Genesis Gallery, Athens 2016 curated by: Iris Kritikou) and in Aegina (Historical and Folklore Museum of Aegina, Markello Tower, Aegina) and has participated in many group exhibitions in Museums, archaeological sites, Foundations and private art spaces in Greece and abroad. His works belong to public and private collections in Greece and abroad.

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Ioanna Tsilili for Oinochoos Magazine

Portrait photoshoot of the wine maker and artist, Ioanna Tsilili for Oinochoos Magazine. Ioanna Tsilili is a chemical Engineer, Winemaker, Master Distiller and cinema addict . Founder of @tsililisterres. 

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O Βασίλης και η Μαρίνα Θεοχαράκη, είναι η έμπνευση και η κατευθυντήρια δύναμη του Ιδρύματος. Ο Βασίλης Θεοχαράκης είναι μια πολυσύνθετη προσωπικότητα στο τιμόνι ενός δυναμικού και διαφοροποιημένου ομίλου επιχειρήσεων μεγάλης εμβέλειας: από την αυτοκινητική βιομηχανία, τις τραπεζικές εργασίες, την κατασκευή και την υγειονομική περίθαλψη, στα καλλυντικά, τα ψηφιακά συστήματα και τη ναυτιλία. Mια εξίσου σημαντική διάσταση της ζωής του είναι η ζωγραφική. Παράλληλα με τις νομικές σπουδές του, παρακολούθησε μαθήματα με δάσκαλο τον μεγάλο Έλληνα ζωγράφο, Σπύρο Παπαλουκά. Η πρώτη έκθεσή του ήταν το 1957 στο Διεθνές Φεστιβάλ Νέων στη Μόσχα και από τότε έχει εκθέσει έργα του εντός και εκτός Ελλάδος, μέρος των οποίων κοσμεί σημαντικές δημόσιες και ιδιωτικές συλλογές. Του έχουν απονεμηθεί οι τίτλοι: Chevalier de La Légion d’ Honneur της Γαλλικής Δημοκρατίας, Άρχων Χαρτουλάριος από τον Οικουμενικό Πατριάρχη και και του Τάγματος του Ανατέλλοντος Ηλίου από τον Αυτοκράτορα της Ιαπωνίας. Η Μαρίνα Θεοχαράκη έχει ενεργή σχέση με τις τέχνες εδώ και πολλά χρόνια, με πολλές εκθέσεις και επιμέλειες εκδόσεων στο ενεργητικό της.

Vasilis & Marina Theocharakis

Vassilis and Marina Theocharaki are the inspiration and guiding force of the Theocharakis Foundation.
Vassilis Theocharakis is a multifaceted personality at the helm of a dynamic and diversified group of large-scale businesses: from the automotive industry, banking, manufacturing and healthcare, to cosmetics, digital systems and shipping.

An equally important aspect of his life is painting. Alongside his legal studies, he attended classes with the great Greek painter, Spyros Papaloukas. His first exhibition was in 1957 at the International Youth Festival in Moscow and since then he has exhibited his works inside and outside Greece, some of which adorn important public and private collections. He has been awarded the titles: Chevalier de La Légion d'Honneur of the French Republic, Archon Cartulary by the Ecumenical Patriarch and of the Order of the Rising Sun by the Emperor of Japan. Marina Theocharaki has had an active relationship with the arts for many years, with many exhibitions and publications to her credit.
Portrait photography for Grand Bretagne Magazine.

O Βασίλης και η Μαρίνα Θεοχαράκη, είναι η έμπνευση και η κατευθυντήρια δύναμη του Ιδρύματος. Ο Βασίλης Θεοχαράκης είναι μια πολυσύνθετη προσωπικότητα στο τιμόνι ενός δυναμικού και διαφοροποιημένου ομίλου επιχειρήσεων μεγάλης εμβέλειας: από την αυτοκινητική βιομηχανία, τις τραπεζικές εργασίες, την κατασκευή και την υγειονομική περίθαλψη, στα καλλυντικά, τα ψηφιακά συστήματα και τη ναυτιλία. Mια εξίσου σημαντική διάσταση της ζωής του είναι η ζωγραφική. Παράλληλα με τις νομικές σπουδές του, παρακολούθησε μαθήματα με δάσκαλο τον μεγάλο Έλληνα ζωγράφο, Σπύρο Παπαλουκά. Η πρώτη έκθεσή του ήταν το 1957 στο Διεθνές Φεστιβάλ Νέων στη Μόσχα και από τότε έχει εκθέσει έργα του εντός και εκτός Ελλάδος, μέρος των οποίων κοσμεί σημαντικές δημόσιες και ιδιωτικές συλλογές. Του έχουν απονεμηθεί οι τίτλοι: Chevalier de La Légion d’ Honneur της Γαλλικής Δημοκρατίας, Άρχων Χαρτουλάριος από τον Οικουμενικό Πατριάρχη και και του Τάγματος του Ανατέλλοντος Ηλίου από τον Αυτοκράτορα της Ιαπωνίας. Η Μαρίνα Θεοχαράκη έχει ενεργή σχέση με τις τέχνες εδώ και πολλά χρόνια, με πολλές εκθέσεις και επιμέλειες εκδόσεων στο ενεργητικό της.

O Βασίλης και η Μαρίνα Θεοχαράκη, είναι η έμπνευση και η κατευθυντήρια δύναμη του Ιδρύματος. Ο Βασίλης Θεοχαράκης είναι μια πολυσύνθετη προσωπικότητα στο τιμόνι ενός δυναμικού και διαφοροποιημένου ομίλου επιχειρήσεων μεγάλης εμβέλειας: από την αυτοκινητική βιομηχανία, τις τραπεζικές εργασίες, την κατασκευή και την υγειονομική περίθαλψη, στα καλλυντικά, τα ψηφιακά συστήματα και τη ναυτιλία. Mια εξίσου σημαντική διάσταση της ζωής του είναι η ζωγραφική. Παράλληλα με τις νομικές σπουδές του, παρακολούθησε μαθήματα με δάσκαλο τον μεγάλο Έλληνα ζωγράφο, Σπύρο Παπαλουκά. Η πρώτη έκθεσή του ήταν το 1957 στο Διεθνές Φεστιβάλ Νέων στη Μόσχα και από τότε έχει εκθέσει έργα του εντός και εκτός Ελλάδος, μέρος των οποίων κοσμεί σημαντικές δημόσιες και ιδιωτικές συλλογές. Του έχουν απονεμηθεί οι τίτλοι: Chevalier de La Légion d’ Honneur της Γαλλικής Δημοκρατίας, Άρχων Χαρτουλάριος από τον Οικουμενικό Πατριάρχη και και του Τάγματος του Ανατέλλοντος Ηλίου από τον Αυτοκράτορα της Ιαπωνίας. Η Μαρίνα Θεοχαράκη έχει ενεργή σχέση με τις τέχνες εδώ και πολλά χρόνια, με πολλές εκθέσεις και επιμέλειες εκδόσεων στο ενεργητικό της.

O Βασίλης και η Μαρίνα Θεοχαράκη, είναι η έμπνευση και η κατευθυντήρια δύναμη του Ιδρύματος. Ο Βασίλης Θεοχαράκης είναι μια πολυσύνθετη προσωπικότητα στο τιμόνι ενός δυναμικού και διαφοροποιημένου ομίλου επιχειρήσεων μεγάλης εμβέλειας: από την αυτοκινητική βιομηχανία, τις τραπεζικές εργασίες, την κατασκευή και την υγειονομική περίθαλψη, στα καλλυντικά, τα ψηφιακά συστήματα και τη ναυτιλία. Mια εξίσου σημαντική διάσταση της ζωής του είναι η ζωγραφική. Παράλληλα με τις νομικές σπουδές του, παρακολούθησε μαθήματα με δάσκαλο τον μεγάλο Έλληνα ζωγράφο, Σπύρο Παπαλουκά. Η πρώτη έκθεσή του ήταν το 1957 στο Διεθνές Φεστιβάλ Νέων στη Μόσχα και από τότε έχει εκθέσει έργα του εντός και εκτός Ελλάδος, μέρος των οποίων κοσμεί σημαντικές δημόσιες και ιδιωτικές συλλογές. Του έχουν απονεμηθεί οι τίτλοι: Chevalier de La Légion d’ Honneur της Γαλλικής Δημοκρατίας, Άρχων Χαρτουλάριος από τον Οικουμενικό Πατριάρχη και και του Τάγματος του Ανατέλλοντος Ηλίου από τον Αυτοκράτορα της Ιαπωνίας. Η Μαρίνα Θεοχαράκη έχει ενεργή σχέση με τις τέχνες εδώ και πολλά χρόνια, με πολλές εκθέσεις και επιμέλειες εκδόσεων στο ενεργητικό της.