“In Greece, scholars and students who have been supported by Fulbright have made a big impact on society. There are also countless other Fulbright alumni working in small or medium-sized businesses, non-governmental organizations, schools and research institutions that may be less known to the general audience, however, impact the world we live in without us knowing.”
- U.S. Ambassador David D. Pearce
“The photographs themselves take a range of subjects, both city and nature, buildings and contexts, interiors and exteriors, wholes and parts, full of people and empty of habitation, frozen structures and dynamic skies—cityscapes, urban waterscapes and wild landscapes. The wide-angle Karatzas lens ranges widely. If integral consciousness is “aperspectival” (meaning beyond individual perspectives), as Jean Gebser put it, then something of this lens is available to viewers of this work. Although filled with page-turning anticipation about what comes next, this is not work to be glanced over as a coffee-table fashion book. I encourage you to take a long-exposure view of each image. Let the Integral Lens take you somewhere.”
- Prof. Mark DeKay, Author ‘Integral Sustainable Design’
"In this book, Karatzas demonstrates his special sensitivity to light, space, and form. We are fortunate to be able to view the world through his lens and glimpse our built environment with the eyes of a master."
— Alexander Strecker, Managing Editor, LensCulture
“The magnificent color and black/white photographs with their sharp outline, atmospheric lighting, soft colors and wide angle immediately impress on the viewer an image of the expansiveness and variety of the American landscape both urban and natural.”
— Els Siakos Hanappe, Program Coordinator, Fulbright Foundation Greece
Morphogenesis’ is the A+ Award Popular Choice Winner in the ‘Plus Categories | Architecture +Photography & Video’ category. This is an unparalleled honor. With entries from over 100 countries, your work truly represents the best of architecture worldwide. As an Architizer A+ Award recipient you have been identified as an industry leader for architecture and design worldwide.”
- Marc Kushner, CEO Architizer, awards.architizer.com
“Pygmalion Karatzas’ photos lend a dramatic air to the center, and accurately document the journey of shadow and light over the face of the building. a dialogue between natural and built environments is evident, with the ever present plants, clay, sky and mountains encroaching onto and amplifying the physical intervention of the visitor center itself.”
- Peter Corboy, designboom.com, Red Rock Canyon Visitor Center in Nevada.
"Pygmalion Karatzas creates compelling fine art photographs that would appeal to architects and photography collectors alike. His graphic black and white images made with long exposures are sumptuous renditions of details, as well as whole buildings and vistas. His attention to composition reveal his experience as both architect and photographer."
- Julie Grahame, Editor, Curator
“Our desire to transmit the genuine feeling that our work emanates was documented successfully at the photographic work we received from Pygmalion. Sincere images, telling the truth about the material, textures and the relationship of the building to the landscape, capture the experience one has on site, and it was conveyed in digital media. Worth mentioning his friendly disposition and mild attitude, qualities that in combination with his knowledge, clear view, and the continues quest that characterizes his work, make up the conditions of an excellent final result.”
- Valia Foufa, Architect,
“The images by architectural photographer Pygmalion Karatzas dramatically capture the various looming volumes of the building, erected in New Orleans to honor those who fought on the side of the allies. The intersecting grey façades of the WWII museum are depicted here in stark relief against the grey new orleans sky, and accurately display the angular interplay between cement and glass.”
- Peter Corboy, designboom.com, National WWII Museum in New Orleans.
“Pygmalion's artistic expression is what we seek at Stark-Magazine as we are obsessed with promoting the Intelligent Eye in photography. This element is reflected in Pygmalion's vision and creativity -- we recognize the moment the artist captures something unique or unusual as he engages the subject. Not only evident in his architectural work, but we see this in his other works as I am reminded of "spanish steps - in rome" - the artist sees something in the moment and has the awareness to capture.”
– Jason Lowry, Publisher Stark Magazine
“This is stunning imagery and certainly tests the viewer to look at architecture in a more dynamic way. Your use of long exposures and how you play with perspective are innovative and your technical ability is excellent. I particularly like image ‘Weill Cornell’ and how it causes me to think differently about this space in Qatar in almost a fictional way. Also images ‘MyZeil’ and ‘Usher Hall extension’ really work in the way you confound your viewer with the shift in perspective. Overall you surely have a distinct style and command of your aesthetics and technique, excellent work!”
– LensCulture review on ‘Morphogenesis’ series
"Pygmalion offers the viewer a glimpse into the integration of the bicameral mind of an architect speaking and the photographer acting with a zen-like vision to produce an impressive portfolio of fine art architectural photography. His ease with geometric compositions coupled with and an intuitive grasp of the spiritual elements within the material edifices of worldly architecture allows us to observe a creative dance between the light and shadows to an orchestra of tones in his images. Much like his namesake, you will become enamoured by his artistic creations."
– John Kosmopoulos, International Award-Winning Fine Art Photographer
"The photographs by Pygmalion Karatzas are captivating - shot in black & white of really high end architecture, from buildings by Herzog and de Meuron to 20th Century classics. The style of photography is atmospheric, with a focus on interesting angles, often looking sharply up, or indeed down! Pygmalion captures the buildings cleanly and most images include wisps of clouds that act as an antidote to the rationality of the architecture below."
– Adrian Welch, founder and editor of e-architect
“Very permanent structures juxtapose a transient, almost melting skyline. Yes, photographer and architect Pygmalion Karatzas work definitely has more than a touch of Salvador Dali - Sebastião Salgado’s about it, coupled with a crisp graphic quality.”
- Ansel Neckles, Creative director and co-founder of Let’s Be Brief and twenty%extra
“Some might ask why photographing archtiecture? At the end of the day, it’s just steel, glass and stones, it’s not natural. Most people can connect with a tree, an animal and people, but not with a building or bridge. I would like to quote here the great Le Corbusier: “Architecture is a thing of art, a phenomenon of the emotions, lying outside questions of construction and beyond them. The purpose of construction is to make things hold together; of architecture to move us.”. It takes a special kind of photographer to perfectly capture that emotional intensity which is the soul of all great architecture and to evoke the true character of a building. The images selected here are perfect examples of architectural dream like visions by some of the best fine art photographers”.
- Mihai Florea, curator Architecture section, Pentaprism magazine
“La risposta di Laura e Allegra played host to the daytime charity event ‘Punti di vista’ in Rome, December 9th 2014. The organizers picked up the best works of some contemporary photographers and presented to the public with a chance to purchase them and thereby support Charity. This exhibition was a diverse gathering of many photographers from Italy and abroad who share a common interest in capturing a specific moment and situation using the photographic image as a starting point with a variety of ending goals. Ranked as one of the most appreciated of the show, Pygmalion Karatzas exhibited a collection of his architectural images of Rome. Although the locations may be familiar, the images presented them in new and striking ways both to visitors and residents alike. Pygmalion combines his considerable technical expertise as well as his artistic skills, in creating this series of photographs that focus on architecture. The funds raised are being invested into psychological support of the pediatric cancer patients.”
- La risposta di Laura e Allegra
"We are very happy with Pygmalion’s photographic work for Mitsis Hotels. Most of our 17 Hotels & Resorts, were recently renovated and we needed the right photographer to portray the value of our investment, the quality of the materials used, the finishing touch, etc. We found in Pygmalion the best partner for that. Besides his excellent photographic skills, he is also a genuinely kind person, very dedicated and passionate about his work, chasing always the right light no matter the time of day. It is not rare I’ve seen him wondering around the hotel in the dark to be able to capture the first ray of sun!"
- Faye Leoussi, Mitsis Group Corporate Affairs
“Pygmalion Karatzas is a great talent behind a photographic lens! He has pleasantly surprised us with the results of each of our collaborations. His images have a mystery and atmospheric mood, he plays with light and speed, the colours are mythical, and he achieves every time to elevate our architectural works with a unique way he only knows how!” - Ria Vogiatzi, Architect, Founding Partner of Elastic Architects
“With his photographic lens Pygmalion Karatzas composes an architecture free of compromises and strips down the project. His approach has one parameter: the truth of the design coupled with a dreamy realism. He adds a veil of remembrance around architecture without being romantic. I thank him from my heart for his ethos, insight and magical gaze. I am grateful for our excellent collaboration and his modesty which is directly proportional to his explosive talent.” - Nikos Mourikis, Architect / Artist
"Pygmalion knows very well when and where to put his tripod to have the best results. In fact, he can control gray shades so masterfully that this ability is extremely noticeable in all his photos especially black and white architecture ones. His great recognition of correct camera and software use to reach a great shot can be observed in both technical and artistic fields. In today's world where all black and white architecture photos are too similar to each other, Pygmalion has tried to be separated from this similarity through finding the best composition along with transferring his own vision and attitude. Consequently, he has been a successful artist in this trend."
- Milad Safabakhsh, photographer and editor of B&W Minimalism Magazine
“The Pygmalion Karatzas photograph seems to stop a time passing too quickly. Pygmalion dominates the taking of images using long expositions to perfection, impregnating his scenes of a unique atmosphere, thus obtaining an unmistakable point of view with a strong seal and a marked personality.”
- Maxim Panés, Founder & Director, Dodho Magazine
"We had the pleasure to present Pygmalion Karatzas’ work at The Greek Foundation with great success. This photographic exploration of the American continent offers great possibilities to the viewer to interact and experience the landscapes. His unique intimate look at the urban environment, creates a framework for the observer to interpret the context in different scale and depth. Architecture and Photography merge in an uncommon way and this reflects strongly on the viewer, who is taken slowly into a journey to remember.”
- Kostis Karatzas, Founder & Director ‘The Greek Foundation’
"I know Pygmalion for quite some time and i must say his evolution to a fine art architectural photographer was a revelation to me. Not because i had doubts about his amazing skills but because his unique eye gave a new "artistic air" in a field surrounded by many talented people. His latest collections with architectural works are a thesaurus of motion and light mixed with lines and forms. I suggest everyone to give a good look and get inspired by this amazing talent and i am sure very soon his star will shine if not yet. Although I have a special interest in landscape photography his work motivates me to give a try. I guess this is the feeling of everyone discovering his amazing work and i guess this is the power of photography. Congratulations Pygmalion and wait anxiously for your new works."
– Vassilis Tangoulis, Fine art photographer
“I don't think I've ever seen monochrome images as good as this. Pygmalion is a complete photographer from the original photo to the final work. His pictures indicate a great artistic sense. Beyond their technical qualities, they plunge us into a real atmosphere.”
- Aidan Sartin Conte, Editor, founder, publisher and Art Director of PhotographizeMag
Anmahian Winton Architects, Boston USA.
Diller Scofidio + Renfro, New York USA.
R.C. TECH Architects, Athens Greece.
Elastic Architects, Athens Greece.
Barlas Architects, Patras Greece.
02 Architecture / Valia Foufa, Nafplio Greece.
Studio 2Pi Architecture / Panagiotis Papassotiriou, Argos Greece.
Nikolas Kouretas, Athens Greece.
Human Point / Loukas Fotopoulos, Athens Greece / Munich Germany.
Patrick Genard & Asociados, Barcelona Spain.
Fouad Samara Architects, Beirut Lebanon.
Nikos Mourikis Architect, Aigion Greece / London UK.
Sergey Fedotov, St. Petersburg Russia.
Harald Nürnberg, Königswinter, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany.
Konstantinos Grigoriadis, Architect, Athens Greece.
Legorreta Architects, Mexico.
Elias Gamilis & Associates, Argolis Greece.
Office 25 Architects, Thessaloniki Greece.
Exarchou - Tsiouris A.E. / Enviro, Ioannina Greece.
MKV Design, London UK.
COMMERCIAL / BUSINESSES
Eye Center, Patras Greece.
Lille Kaffe, Patras Greece.
Tribeca cafe-bar, Aigion Greece.
Blind Pilots Traveling, Thessaloniki Greece.
Fotoplano, Crete Greece.
Ideal Work, Italy.
Deutsche Bauchemie, Germany.
Bio-emulation dental group, Greece.
Apleton Architectural Lighting, Athens Greece.
Promeda Architectural Material, Guipuzcoa Spain.
Nussli Temporary Event Structures, Hüttwilen, Switzerland.
Parsons Engineering and Construction, USA.
QDVC Engineering and Construction, Doha Qatar.
PROLAT natural innovative materials, Greece.
Mitsis Rinela Beach Resort & Spa, Crete Island Greece.
TRU Paradise Beach Club, Mykonos Island Greece.
CanePlex Design, Athens Greece.
Hotel Sofitel Athens Airport, Athens Greece.
G Design Studio, Athens Greece.
EUROPA Profil Aluminium Systems, Greece.
Vector Engineers / ELIN Technical S.A., Athens Greece.
STO ISONED, Netherlands.
Sky-Frame AG, Switzerland.
Woodetails / Sismanidis, Greece.
Axxion Surface / Tsiggenopoulos, Greece.
Karamichail Developer, Greece.
Marmyk / Iliopoulos, Greece.
IFI Lights, Greece.
Technikal Aluminiums, Greece.
ETEM Aluminiums, Greece.
Arcspace.com, Copenhagen Denmark.
E-architect.co.uk, United Kingdom.
Ili & Ktirio / Intracord, Greece.
LICENSE / STOCK
Arcaid Images, London UK.
iStock Getty Images, USA.
Adobe Stock, USA.
Station Real, Germany.
Brick Publishing, Australia.
Silvana Editoriale, Milano Italy.
ACADEMIC / FOUNDATIONS
College of Architecture and Design, University of Tennessee in Knoxville, USA.
Laboratory of Marine Geology & Physical Oceanography, University of Patras, Greece.
Fulbright Foundation, Greece.
Honor Frost Foundation, UK.
Xatzikonsta Foundation, Athens Greece.