Photographs from Olympos, on the Island of Karpathos

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'The images plunge me back into Greece of my ancestors.'


Photographs from the Island of Crete

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Ethos Explained

“Ethos” is a profound exploration of the human spirit through the lens of traditional Greek customs and culture. This photographic series by George Tatakis delves into the local customary events across Greece, capturing the enduring spirit, resilience, and beauty of Greece's rural and island communities.

Photographs of Kotsamania, Tetralofos, Kozani

Kotsamania is an ancient tradition of the Black Sea. The performance refers to the priests of Momos, the god of laughter and satire.

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Photographs Published on the New York Times

Prints of work featured by 'The World Through a Lens' on the New York Times: Exploring Greece's Unseen Corners.

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Focus and Approach

Tatakis' approach in “Ethos” is both documentary and artistic, as he travels across Greece to document the everyday lives and customary events that define these communities. His images are a testament to the country's rich heritage, offering a doorway into a world of peculiar events. The series captures a variety of cultural expressions, including festivals, religious ceremonies, and everyday moments, each photograph telling a story of its own.

Photographs from Pagan Customs During Christmas in Northern Greece

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Visual Style of Ethos

The visual style of "Ethos" is characterized by its dramatic use of light and shadow, which lends a timeless quality to the images. Tatakis employs a predominantly black-and-white palette, which enhances the emotional depth and texture of his photographs. This choice of monochrome not only emphasizes the historical aspect of the subjects but also allows viewers to focus on the intricate details and expressions that might otherwise be overshadowed by color.

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