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BIOGRAPHY

Pygmalion Karatzas studied Architecture at the Technical University of Budapest (1991-95), Urban Design at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh (1995-97), and practiced architecture for 12 years. In 2006 he participated in the first 'Ecovillage Design Education' training-of-trainers course in Findhorn organized by the Global Ecovillage Network and endorsed by the United Nations Institute for Training and Research. Since 2013 he is focusing systematically on architectural and fine art photography, producing a portfolio of 250+ architectural, commercial and artistic projects from Europe, USA and Middle East.

His images are regularly featured in Greek and international media and they have received over 100 distinctions from leading global photographic competitions. He has participated in exhibitions in Greece, Italy, France, UK and USA with fine art prints being part of public and private collections. Between 2014 and 2019 he served as the photo editor for the Danish Architecture Center at their ezine arcspace.com. Divisare Atlas of Architecture ranks him among the top 100 architectural photographers worldwide. He is a contributing photographer to Arcaid Images London, iStock Getty Images and Adobe Stock.

His book collection ‘Integral Lens’ received the 3rd place in the PX3 Prix de la Photographie Paris 2018 and ‘Nortigo’ received the 2nd place in the Moscow International Foto Awards 2019. Between 2015 and 2016 with the prestigious Fulbright Artist Scholarship award he traveled for 5 months across United States where he conducted the project ‘Integral Lens' - an integral approach to the study and representation of the built environment through the photographic medium. Other noteworthy photo-reportage include: the architectural boom in Doha Qatar; the national pavilions at the EXPO 2015 in Milan; the Oceanus scientific expedition of the University of Patras in Lebanon; the coverage of Attiko Metro constructions in Athens and Thessaloniki for the Hellenic Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport; the environmental expeditions of the A.C. Laskaridis Charitable Foundation around Greece with the Typhoon Project.

In collaboration with professor of architecture Mark DeKay and in affiliation with the University of Tennessee in Knoxville their paper on a multi-perspectival approach to architectural photography was presented at the 3rd Integral European Conference in Hungary; at the 5th Trieste Photo Days Festival; and at the Integral Design & Research Lecture Series of the University IUAV of Venice. Since 2019 it became part of an academic mini-term curriculum. ‘Capturing the Human Experience in Place’ was developed and conducted by Mark DeKay, Pygmalion Karatzas and Susanne Bennett as a traveling photographic workshop for students from various faculties.

Through his commissioned assignments from architectural firms, businesses and organisations, his collaborative photojournalistic reportages, as well as his self-initiated photographic projects, he exhibits his passion and dedication to the study, representation and dissemination of the built environment and its broader role as a cultural asset.

For assignments, license and prints contact:

pygmalionk@hotmail.com 

COMMISSION

I work on assignments for architectural firms, construction companies, high-end real estate, commercial and corporate clients, public and private organisations, to provide proficient images for their portfolios, marketing packages, print and web publications, exhibitions and competitions. Available to photograph throughout Greece and internationally.

LICENSE

My architectural and fine art photography archives are available for license in editorial and commercial use. Images are Rights-Managed (RM) and provide a variety of applications. With an expanding international network and media types, we multiply your work's dissemination and display, increasing your exposure and indirect advertisement. 

DISPLAY

Limited edition gallery prints can be ordered for public or private display. Archival quality framed prints are ideal for thematic exhibitions and interior decorations of homes, work spaces and businesses.

APPROACH

Integral Lens - a multi-perspectival approach to architectural photography

[extract from the paper co-authored with prof. Mark DeKay]

The ‘four quadrants’ of Ken Wilber’s integral approach take into consideration the interior and exterior aspects of both the individual and the collective perspectives of an investigated phenomenon, in order to provide a comprehensive study that respects all available dimensions in a non-reductionistic manner. 

 

An integrally-informed approach to architectural photography also requires “touching all the bases”, that is, taking a comprehensive view from these four fundamental perspectives. One interpretation of the four quadrants for photography is illustrated in figure 1. Each quadrant can take on different labels, depending on the subject being considered. For photography, we have renamed these to fit.

1) Photographer’s Consciousness, “The Eye” (upper-left quadrant, interior/subjective/individual perspective). The UL domain encompasses aspects such as: perception, original impulse and intention, intuition, insight, self-expression, truthfulness, vision, spontaneity and freedom, state of mind (concentration, mindfulness, awareness), aspiration and motivation, discipline, introspection, psychological barriers, the soul and spirit.  

2) Photographic Product, “The Frame” (upper-right quadrant, exterior/objective/individual perspective). The UR domain encompasses aspects such as: composition, proportion, rhythm, symmetry, balance, tonality, form, coherence, structure, novelty, repetition, simplicity/complexity, measurable and observable features.  

3) Photography Culture, “The View” (lower-left quadrant, interior/collective/intersubjective perspective). The LL domain encompasses aspects such as: content, themes, series, styles and movements, cultural background, historical reception and viewer response, literary theory and influences, values and ethics, communication and feedback, meaning and symbols, legitimacy and appropriateness, pluralism and relativism, worldviews and paradigm shifts. 

4) Photography Systems, “The System” (lower-right quadrant, exterior/objective/collective perspective).  The LR domain encompasses aspects such as: photographic gear and technology, post-processing, printing and editing, presentation and exhibition, production and distribution, utility, function, client brief, business, regulations and rights, information and knowledge, institutions and networks, social/ economic/ political/ environmental conditions and contexts.    

All of these are partial perspectives on the holistic endeavor that is the photographic phenomenon. The perspectives are both distinct and ever-present. Indeed there are schools of thought attached to each of the four major perspectives.

 

The integral perspective pays homage to the major past and present genres of the field, from the early realists and pictorialists to the postmodernists and editorialists. Put together, they highlight four broader functions of the historic relationship between architecture and photography:

- Documenting and portraying the built environment and the urban condition,

- Making architecture with photography,

- Producing architectural critique and contributing to urban discourse,

- Establishing an expressive dialogue with the contemporary urban landscape and aspiring to something greater.

 

Pygmalion Karatzas

Architect, Photographer

M.Sc. Urban Design

Link to the full paper:

www.pygmalionkaratzas.com/integral-lens-paper

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