"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. Since 2005 he’s 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. Many years later he rediscovered his passion for photography. His work has been exhibited in Greece, Barcelona, London, Berlin, New York, Miami, Santa Fe, and elsewhere, and is in public and private collections.
He has received several awards for his work, including first place in the PX3 Awards, the International Photography Awards, and WPGA Pollux Awards, as well as 2nd place in CENTER’s 2011 Editor’s Choice awards and 1st runner-up in Blurb’s Photography Book Now 2011 contest. He also won the 1st prize in the Fine art e-book category in the 2012 Fotoweek DC contest, was a Finalist for the prestigious Fotovisura Grant and the Magnum Expression Award, has been three times a Finalist for the Renaissance Photography Prize, and was selected for American Photography 28 and 31. More recently, he was selected as a Juror's Pick for the 2016 Magnum Photography Awards.
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 well.
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 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