"I have a dream" - Photometria Awards 2019

Subject: I have a dream

Competition "I have a dream" 2019


John Demos was born in Thessaloniki in 1944. He studied Art History at the University of Chicago and received masters degree in painting in 1968. When he returned in Greece in 1969, he taught fine arts, photography and philosophy at the American Community Schools of Athens.


By the early 1970s, Demos started developing his personal work. In 1976 he published his first monograph The Greece that is passing. In early 1980s he started working on the book series Feasts that was presented as an exhibition in various European festivals and photographic centers such as the Rencontres International d? Arles, the Primavera Fotografica in Barcelona, the Photographers Gallery in London and the Gulbenkian  Modern Art Center in Lisbon.


John Demos is an active photography promoter in Greece. In 1979, he founded along with four more photographers the Photographic Center of Athens. In 1988, Demos and his wife Bernadin founded the photojournalism agency Apeiron Photos representing Magnum, Sygma, Ralpho and other  acclaimed Photographic agencies in Greece.


In 1995, Demos created the Photographic Center of Scopelos on behalf of the Ministry of Culture, where he served as an artistic director until 1999. He has curated some of the most significant exhibitions in Greece. 


The exhibition based on the book Shadows of Silence has already been presented in Bratislava, Innsbruck, Frankfurt, Houston Fotofest and Denmark. 


John Demos? work is represented in major collections including the collections of the Bibliotheque Nationalae, the Maison Europeenne de la Photographie, the Centre George Pompidou in Paris, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Gulbenkian, the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, while his work is also represented in private collections.


Albania Images on the Verge 1990-1991




With this exhibition, John Demos pictures the everyday life of the Albanian citizens as well as the prevailing political situation during the difficult years of 1990-1991. The country?s political regime change in the begging of 1990s contributes to social change and this transition is chosen to be recorded by the artist. The photographic material consists of street scenes, scenes of exile and revolution as well as of humdrum images of everyday life, conveying both the drama and the prevailing feelings in Albania during this period of time.

 John Demos? work is accompanied by texts of Ismail Kadar? and has been presented in the Arles Festival in 2008.