Georgios Makkas

Athens, Greece


Greek, b. 1977

Georgios Makkas is a professional photographer and videographer based between London and Athens. Georgios studied photography a the ESP School of Photography in Athens and moved to the UK in 1999 to attend the documentary photography course at the University of Wales in Newport.

In 1998 he was one of 16 Young Greek Photographers of the Year 1998 and in 2002 his documentary project about the depopulation of rural Albania won the first prize in the Observer Hodge photographic award in London. In 2009 and 2010, Georgios participated in the artist in residence programme Seeing Europe Through a Stranger's Eyes (SETSE) programme organised by the Academy of Fine Arts in PoznaƄ, Poland

Georgios has had a number of solo exhibitions and taken part in group exhibitions in the UK (National Portrait Gallery, Hereford Photo Festival, the Newsroom) and Greece (Athens Photo Festival , Thessaloniki Museum Of Photography, Rizarios Cultural Centre in Monodendri, Medphoto in Rethymno, Crete) , Spain (Fotonoviembre, Centro del Carmen de Valencia), Italy (Fotografia Europea -Reggio Emilia), USA (DUMBO Arts Festival), Turkey (Istanbul Design Biennial) and his work is in the permanent collection of the Thessaloniki Museum of Photography.

As well as doing his own projects Georgios contributes to Greek and international magazines and newspapers and works on private commissions, both in photography and video.

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Working on the Greek island of Leros, Georgios Makkas met Yazidi refugees from Iraq who had survived the attempt by the Islamic State to wipe out their entire community.

Aysha is one of the hundreds of thousands of Syrians who have undertaken the hazardous and sometimes deadly journey from Syria, through Turkey to Europe over the past two years, fleeing war, persecution and death.

The waters of the Prespa Lakes are shared between three countries which border them: Albania, Greece and Macedonia.

The Greek island of Leros, nestled among the Dodecanese in the southern Aegean, is a place accustomed to outcasts.

With their country in its sixth year of recession and the economy having contracted by a quarter, many Greek businesses owners are looking into the financial abyss.

For much of the past decades Brixton in South London has been known as a poor neighbourhood with a crime and gang problem.