"Dimitri Mellos makes remarkable photographs that capture moments of transcendence, delight, confusion, humor, solitude, despair — sometimes all in the same frame. These densely packed images are teeming with mundane ordinary moments, unlikely juxtapositions, the interplay of shadows, silhouettes, and shafts of slanting urban light. His artful eye seems hyper-naturally tuned-in to saturated colors and morphing shapes; one can feel both his sense of whimsy and compassion as he takes us along his city streets."
 - Jim Casper, LensCulture Editor-in-Chief
 
Dimitri Mellos was born in Athens, Greece, but since 2005 has been living in New York City. He studied philosophy and psychology. As a child, he used to walk around with an old Kodak Instamatic camera (with no film loaded), pretending to be taking pictures. He rediscovered his passion for photography many years later.
 He is a self-taught photographer who works mainly on long-term, self-initiated projects. His work has been exhibited and collected internationally and has garnered several prestigious awards and accolades, including being a Finalist for the Magnum Expression Award and the Visura Grant, and a Juror’s Pick at the Lensculture Magnum Photography Awards. In 2019, he was one of 16 photographers featured in the anthology volume Masters of Street Photography (UK, Ammonite Press).  

John Szarkowski said of Garry Winogrand that “his ambition was not to make good pictures, but through photography to know life”. This statement perfectly describes Dimitri’s photographic aspirations as wel
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Selected Honors and Awards

2009: PX3 awards, first place (photojournalism/political)
2009: International Photography Awards, first place (editorial/political)
2009: International Photography Awards, second place (editorial/other)
2010: PDN's photobookNYC
2010: WPGA Pollux Awards, 1st place (editorial and current affairs portfolio)
2011: Palm Springs Photo Festival slideshow contest, Finalist
2011: Santa Fe CENTER Editor's Choice Awards, 2nd place
2011: Blurb's Photography Book Now, 1st runner-up
2011: Fotovisura Grant, Finalist
2012: American Photography 28, selected
2012: Eddie Adams workshop XXV
2012: International Fine Art Photography Awards, Juror Award of Merit
2012: Magnum Expression Award 2011, Finalist
2012: Fotoweek DC Fotobook competition, 1st place (Fine Art, E-Book)
2013: International Fine Art Photography Awards, Juror Award of Merit
2013: Renaissance Photography Prize, Finalist
2014: Renaissance Photography Prize, Finalist
2015: American Photography 31, selected
2015: Palm Springs Photo Festival slideshow contest, Winner
2016: San Francisco Street Photography Festival, Finalist
2016: Lensculture Street Photography Awards, Finalist
2016: Magnum Photography Awards, Juror's Pick
2018: 12th Pollux Awards: Winner, Street Photography series
2018: 12th Pollux Awards: Winner, Documentary & Reportage series

Selected Publications / Interviews


https://www.ammonitepress.com/masters-of-street-photography/

https://www.washingtonpost.com/photography/2019/03/15/fueled-by-sense-loss-nostalgia-photographer-seeks-capture-whats-left-old-new-york/

https://www.lensculture.com/articles/dimitri-mellos-the-last-days-of-new-york-city-s-chinatown

http://blog.leica-camera.com/2017/09/18/chinatown/https://www.lensculture.com/articles/dimitri-mellos-i-speak-of-the-city

http://lens.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/11/30/an-expats-eye-on-greece/

http://lens.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/03/29/finding-the-moments-new-yorkers-ignore/

http://www.forwardthinkingmuseum.com/exhibitions/group_street_photography_mellos_00.php

http://www.cdsporch.org/archives/16411

http://blakeandrews.blogspot.com/2011/03/dimitri-mellos-what-was-he-thinking.html

http://www.worldphoto.org/community/blogs/limitless-curiosity-dimitri-mellos-visura/




Selected Exhibitions 
Group shows:
2011: CENTER, Santa Fe, NM
2011: Caption Gallery, New York, NY
2011: The Private Space Gallery, Barcelona, Spain
2012: South Street Seaport Museum, New York, NY
2013: Tete Art Space, Berlin, Germany
2013: Miami Street Photo Festival, Miami, FL
2013: Photoplace Gallery, Middlebury, VT
2013: The Box, Athens, Greece
2013: Eastreet, Lublin, Poland
2013: Forward Thinking Museum, Street Photography and Moral Codes exhibition
2013: Renaissance Photography Prize Show, Getty Images Gallery, London, UK
2014: Renaissance Photography Prize Show, Getty Images Gallery, London, UK
2014: Photographic Museum of Humanity, 1st anniversary exhibition
2016: Streetfoto San Francisco, San Francisco, CA
2016: SF Camerawork, San Francisco, CA
2018: Zet gallery, Braga, Portugal


Solo shows:
2010: Technochoros Gallery, Ioannina, Greece
2011: The Art Foundation, Athens, Greece
2015: Blank Wall Gallery, Athens, Greece
2017: The Photography Room, Canberra, Australia
2018: iFocus gallery, Athens, Greece

Dimitri Mellos

Born in Athens, Greece—Dimitri Mellos is an award winning street photographer based in New York City.
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