ontheroad

2017 – 2018 Photography workshops by Nikos Economopoulos

ontheroad


Economopoulos, photographer

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ontheroad

It was 1976 or perhaps 1977 when, quite by chance, I came across a little book with photos by Cartier Bresson. I had never before considered that a series of black and white photos could produce something so significant, so brilliant, so fascinating. It was this same little book which opened a new window for me onto the world which at that time I was trying to discover through travel, reading, music and love.

During the next few years, books of photography came to occupy more and more space on my bookshelves till, inevitably, I began taking my own photographs in 1979.

In the years that followed, photography became an ever more important and ever greater part of my daily life. I wasn’t concerned at all as to whether or not I would become a professional photographer, or exhibit, or make money, or become “famous”. I remember vividly, however, the nights that would give way to a day of photographic work and my fantasies concerning space, people’s movements and those moments when I would have to deal with the harmonious relationship between form and content. Such nights are painful but, fortunately, they end in mornings full of euphoria. When the photographic workday begins, I always feel relaxed, bright, happy. Sometimes this happiness results in good photos, at other times it’s not enough. Yet in the end, this is not so important.

In writing this brief note, I asked myself what these last twenty years or more of photography mean to me. I think the most important thing is that they provided me with this innate happiness that in no way decreases as the years pass. The good photos are always few in number, perhaps no more than five to ten each year. The number no longer concerns me as it did in the past. Now, I savour even more that inexplicable happiness, and there will always be good photos around me. I know that in the future, too, I will share some of these with those I love.

Nikos Economopoulos, Athens 2002

ontheroad

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