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"Being on the road, traveling without a predetermined purpose, looking around me with visual curiosity and being surprised by what I encounter. While shooting, somehow, thinking is suspended. It is like playing a game with reality"

- Nikos Economopoulos

b. 1953


Based in Athens, Greece


Nikos Economopoulos was born in the Peloponnese, Greece. He studied law in Parma, Italy, and worked as a journalist. In 1988, he started photographing in Greece and Turkey, and eventually abandoned journalism to dedicate himself to photography.

He joined Magnum in 1990, and his photographs began appearing in newspapers and magazines around the world.

In the same period, he started traveling and photographing extensively around the Balkans. The work in the Balkans won him the Mother Jones Award (San Francisco, CA) for work in progress. Upon the completion of his Balkans project in 1994, he became a full member of Magnum. His book In The Balkans was published in 1995 in New York (Abrams) and in Athens (Libro).

In the 1990s, he started working on borders and crossings, photographing the inhabitants of the ‘Green Line’ in Cyprus, the irregular migrants on the Greek-Albanian borderline, and the mass migration of ethnic Albanians fleeing Kosovo.

In the mid-1990s, he started photographing the Roma and other minorities. In 2000, he completed a book project on the Aegean islands storytellers, commissioned by the University of the Aegean. A retrospective of his work titled Economopoulos, Photographer was published in 2002 and later exhibited at the Benaki Museum, Athens.

Returning to Turkey, he pursued his long-term personal project, where he received the Abdi Ipektsi award (2001), for peace and friendship between Greek and Turkish people.

He has recently turned to the use of color. Currently, he is spending most of his time away from Greece, traveling, teaching and photographing around the world, in the context of his long-term On The Road project.

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Social Issues

Gypsies in Greece

Nikos Economopoulos

Gypsies have long been marginalized in Greek society, often living in poverty; photographer Nikos Economopoulos captures their daily lives

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Theory & Practice

In the Balkans: States of Transit and Transition

Nikos Economopoulos

Theme | 18 Stories


Arts & Culture

In Pictures: New York City Pride Parade, 1998

Nikos Economopoulos

Past Exhibition
, Cyprus

Meditations: Touring Exhibition in Cyprus

Magnum Photographers
Until Aug 29, 2018

Theory & Practice

Behind the Image: A Moment of Quiet in the Madding Crowd

Nikos Economopoulos

Past Exhibition
, Singapore

Nikos Economopoulos: A Sense of Home

Nikos Economopoulos
Until May 29, 2018

Past Exhibition
Geneva, Switzerland

Exil in Geneva

Magnum Photographers
Until Nov 25, 2018


World Food Day: Working Towards a Sustainable Future

Magnum Photographers

Theme | 21 Stories

Behind the Image

Past Square Print Sale


Magnum Photographers
Jun 5 - 9

Theme | 22 Stories

Migration and Refuge

Past Exhibition
London, United Kingdom

I Welcome: an Amnesty International & Magnum Photos exhibition

Magnum Photographers
Until Dec 18, 2016


Reverse Migration: Going Back to Ghana

Nikos Economopoulos

Past Square Print Sale

Conditions of the Heart: on Empathy and Connection in Photography

Magnum Photographers
Oct 31 - Nov 4

Theme | 12 Stories



Ghana’s Tech Dump: The Untold Story

Magnum Photographers

Past Workshop

On the road with Nikos Economopoulos

Nikos Economopoulos
Aug 8 - Dec 14

Past Exhibition
Eschborn, Germany

Magnum Contact Sheets

Magnum Photographers
Until Aug 19, 2016