By choosing a precise intersection between subject and time, he may transform the ordinary into the extraordinary and the real into the surreal
Constantine Manos was born in Columbia, South Carolina, of Greek immigrant parents. His photographic career began in the school camera club at the age of thirteen, and within several years, he was a working professional. At the age of nineteen, he was hired as the official photographer of the Boston Symphony Orchestra at its summer festival at Tanglewood.
Upon completion of his military service, he moved to New York, where he worked for Esquire, LIFE, and Look. These projects were all shot in black and white and led toward his career-defining work in the isolated villages of Greece. And then it all changed, as Manos wilfully switched to colour, which resulted in two books – American Color and American Color 2.