CHRIS ATHANASIOU

 

www.chrisathanasiou.com

chris@chrisathanasiou.com

 UK (+44) 7490388530 | GR (+30) 6973309830

21 Umfreville Road, N4 1RY, London, United Kingdom

 

 

PERSONAL STATEMENT

 

Born in 1997, I am a Greek documentary and commercial photographer. Upon graduating from High School, in my hometown near Athens, I decided to move to the United Kingdom in order to pursue my dream of becoming a  professional photographer. Over the following three years, I was based in Cardiff studying BA (Hons) Documentary Photography at the University of South Wales, where I graduated in 2018 with a First Class Honours degree. 

 

Currently, I am based in London, working as a commercial photographer. I often travel worldwide to create content for events, advertising, and portraiture. I am a team member for Miranda Parry Photography and Interactive Schools. Additionally, I have been an official photographer for the press team of the Hay Festival for the last 4 years, while my work has been published in various media, like the BBC, the GQ magazine, ITV, the Telegraph and Vanity Fair. I have worked for numerous clients, some of which include HSBC, Santander, Stephenson Harwood Legal, Pinsent Masons, Gartner and Novartis. I have photographed in many different venues like the Tower of London, the House of Commons, Banqueting House, the Tate Modern and Tate Britain and the National Gallery among others. Due to the various assignments I have taken on over the years, I am capable of adapting my photography to whatever is required for each individual brief.

 

In conjunction with my commercial work, I am also interested in developing long-term documentary projects. My latest work focuses on the connection between the notion of identity and community and the current political and economic environment. Additionally, I am gradually more and more interested in the visual exploration of empty spaces in a way to unveil their connection to people. The use of archival materials and the continuous experimentation with contemporary techniques are becoming central elements of my practice. Recently, I have been exploring the process of creating publications through my work, which I regard as one of the most important ways of presentation of my photography.


 

 

 

 

WORK EXPERIENCE

 

Commercial Photographer May 2016 – Present

 

  • Working as a freelance photographer

  • Clients include the Hall School, Miranda Parry Photography and other organisations

  • Photographing different kind of events, including theatrical performances, school events and talks

Hay Festival Photographer May - June 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019

 

  • Member of the press and media team

  • Responsibilities included the photography cover of various events, mainly talks, as well as the editing and uploading of the final images

  • General pictures of the audience throughout the duration of the event were also requested

 

Photographic Assistant, June 2018

 

  • Working for David Hurn

  • Tasks included the cataloging of digital files and the migration of Lightroom catalogs

 

Photographic Assistant, March 2018

 

  • Working for Simon Roberts

  • Tasks included colour editing of digital files, creating documentation used in website resources and assisting in filming on location

 

 

Photographic Assistant, June - August 2017

 

  • Working for Lisa Barnard

  • Tasks included the scanning optimisation and organisation - spotting of the digital files

 

 

Photographic Assistant, February 2017, June 2017

 

  • Working for Kate Mercer

  • Included the organisation and migration of Lightroom catalogs to a new computer

 

 

 

Exhibition Assistant, “In Solution”, October 2016

 

  • Working for David Barnes

  • Tasks included the organisation of digital files using Lightroom, helping with printing and framing as well as hanging the pictures in the gallery

 

 

 

 

 

AWARDS AND EXHIBITIONS

 

  • “Anything That Burns You”, Photography Exhibition - Graduation Show, Four images from the series “Housing Alienation” accompanied with a website installation, London, June 2018

  • PhotoEast Festival 2018, One photograph from the series “Housing Alienation” shown at Ipswich, May - June 2018

  • Shortlisted for the Athens Photo Festival Exhibition 2018, for the series “Bread and Milk”, May 2018

  • “Who are we?”, Group Exhibition, as a member of “The Indent Collective”, Cardiff, December 2016

 

 

 

EDUCATION

    

BA (Hons) Documentary Photography - September 2015 -  June 2018,   First Class Honours

University of South Wales, Cardiff Campus

 

 

  • The course has provided me with valuable information about the technical aspects of photography and working experience

  • Additional lectures about the history of photography and art in general provided a better understanding of the medium and the way that people read photographs.

  • Working on long-term bodies of work was essential, accompanied with extensive research and writing on various photography subjects.

 

Academic IELTS Certification - April 2015

 

    Overall Grade: 8.0

    Listening: 8.5

    Reading: 9.0

    Writing: 7.0

    Speaking: 7.0

 

University Foundation, June 2014 – May 2015

Network Foundation, Athens, Greece

 

    Design: A 

    English and Study Skills: A                    

    Economics and Business: A

    Mathematics and Statistics: A

 

Certificate of Proficiency in English, May 2013 (The University of Michigan)

 

    Grade: Pass

 

Certificate of Competency in English, May 2011 (The University of Michigan)

    

Grade: Pass

 

 

OTHER SKILLS

 

  • Broad knowledge on digital and film camera equipment and lighting

  • Software expertise including

    • Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom

    • Adobe Indesign

    • Adobe Premier

    • Final cut pro x

    • Microsoft office suite

    • Flexcolor

    • Google SketchUp