Photo : Damian Ivanovic Hadjinicolaou (c)
Stefanos Kouratzis (b. 1975, Athens, Greece) is a photographer living and working in Cyprus since 2001.
At the age 13, he develops a strong interest in Photography when he was handed a Kodak Instamatic. He loved so much the way that light was captured on film that he decided he wants to be a photographer. Due to developing and printing costs, he starts drawing rough sketches, prior shooting, and experimenting with different medium sizes, cameras and techniques. He studies in 1994 (till 1997) at Focus, School of Art Photography, Video and New Technologies (Athens, Greece) and years later, he takes online courses at MoMA (Museum of Modern Art, New York).
In 2018, he participates at the 16th Venice Biennale of Architecture, part of the Cyprus Pavilion (I Am Where You Are).
Awards include PDN (Photo Annual 2018), IPA (International Photography Awards), PX3 (Prix de la Photographie, Paris), MIFA (Moscow International Foto Awards) and Fujifilm EuroPress Awards (Cyprus).
His works can be found in books and private collections in Cyprus, Greece, Spain and Brazil.
For the last years has been working for “Phileleftheros Group” and the European University of Cyprus.
The way he constantly explores Photography as medium, makes his work quite diverse, multidimensional and multilayered. From Photojournalism to Fine Art Photography and from Abstract to Contemporary as he constantly balances between everyday news coverage and long term projects while entering different realms of expression.
"Photography unlocks the chains of reality as we know it"