Stratos Kalafatis
Lia Nalbantidou

02-06 August 2021

About the workshop

A 5-day workshop that will be conducted by Greek photographers Stratos Kalafatis and Lia Nalbantidou. Lia and Stratos live in Thessaloniki. They work together and apart, however, always side by side. “As a couple working in photography in the last 3 decades, we are eager to share our experiences of how to develop one’s work and personal vision.” Participants will be introduced to each photographer’s work and methodology. They will be encouraged to produce new images and/or a new body of work. Particular attention will be paid on how new experiences may enrich their creative processes. Through discussion and group critiques, we will attempt to develop participants’ critical thinking in relation to their own photography. The dynamic of the working group will be an essential component of the teaching approach. The workshop aims to enrich participants creative processes, develop their photographic vocabulary, articulate their own visual voice and strengthen their community skills at large. This workshop is a special opportunity of Lia and Stratos teaching together, under August sun and through meltemia, the southern winds of the Aegean.

About the artist

Stratos Kalafatis was born in Kavala in 1966. Lia Nalbantidou was born in Thessaloniki a year later. Stratos graduated from the Physical Education and Athletics Department of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and he attended photography classes at the Art Institute of Philadelphia, U.S.A Lia graduated from the Columbus College of Art & Design (BFA in Photography, 1991) & studied Humanities at Body Academy / Int’l Women’s University – University of Hannover – Germany (2000). In 1992, they met in a photography exhibition in Thessaloniki, where they live together since. They have co-founded Studiotessera, a physical studio space operating as a platform for photography with educational, publishing and artistic activities. Over the last thirty years, Stratos has been presenting his photographic works at private galleries, museums, festivals and artistic events throughout the world. His works are included in private and public collections. Lia’s oeuvre (photographs & photobooks) has been exhibited both nationally and internationally and is represented in private and public art collections. Stratos has organized several seminars and workshops in the last 30 years. Lia has been teaching photography since 1994. She mentors young photographers of all ages. Photography Tutor at Stereosis – School of Photography (Thessaloniki), since 2012 and Photography Lecturer at the Department of Fine and Applied Arts (Florina) – University of Western Macedonia, since 2019.

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During the workshop, all necessary health security measures issued at the time were taken and participants presented the virus-free certificate.

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