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Born in 1975 in Athens, Greece, PANAYIOTIS LAMPROU is a visual artist and art consultant coordinator.
He studied history and aesthetics of photography at the Photographic Circle, Athens, and research, history and archiving of photography at the Centro di Ricerca e Archiviazione della Fotografia in Spilimbergo in Italy.
He works between Athens, Italy and Belgium.
He cooperates with organizations like Greek Literary and Historical Archive (ELIA ΜΙΕΤ) and Euromare, companies like COCO-MAT, METKA the business unit of MYTILINEOS S.A, (ΔΕΗ A.E) the Public Power Corporation S.A.(PPC), Thenamaris (Ships Management)and support the handicrafts Holy Ginger and FILMORA.
He collaborated for creating art projects with the National Technical University of Athens, the Hellenic Ministry of Citizen Protection, OAED (the Greek Manpower Employment Organisation), the Museum Dr.Guislain, the Center of research and archival of photography (CRAF) and the artists Socos and Ioannis Georgakakis.
For his workshop in art and photography collaborates with Buon Vento in Italy which organize courses in Schinoussa, Tilos, Milano, Bologna. And in Athens with Automatic Transition.
“His photographic approach stems from straight photography and his practice is tightly knit with the pursuit of showing the underlying sensitivities of subject matters whose presence is often obscured by preconceptions. Being fueled by an ‘active inertia’, he confronts complex issues, such authority and the state, mental illness, nudity and social norms with the intention of inviting a mode of broader understanding. Αttracted by Paradox confronting pragmatism and using suggestiveness as one of his main tools to delineate it, his thematic scope covers a wide spectrum focusing on natural human presence and intimate urbanism.”
2010, Portrait of my British Wife, Second prize winner at the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize, National Portrait Gallery, London.
Raw Sight Lab was created by Panayiotis Lamprou for the research, archiving, digitalization, processing and production of modern analogue image in a digital new world.
We have cooperation with organisations like Greek Literary and Historical Archive (ELIA ΜΙΕΤ), companies like METKA who is the business unit of MYTILINEOS S.A, (ΔΕΗ A.E) the Public Power Corporation S.A. (PPC) and many artists, photographers or collectors.
The use of photographic film continues after the digital technological development. Film still has qualities that digital equipment can not reach technically or is disproportionately expensive in cost.
In photography visual experience and understanding of the working materials is required in order to highlight the color and the quality that the photographer wishes to achieve.
The knowledge and training in our services is aimed for the demanding photographer who seeks technical accuracy and high quality projected into his work.
Analog film and Raw digital files are the original elements used by the photographer to process his images. They contain the maximum number of information that can be stored by the incidental light and it is necessary that they remain raw as materials in order to be kept as authentic images in a photo file.
The use of the TIF or JPG digital file has to be printed, since the dark chamber process has been coming to an end in the photo lab market since 2001.
Experience has shown that for analogue photography, the scanner's maximum resolution is essential for detail in the description of the subject and based on this is the color depth, tonality range and detail in the subjects description that can be recorded in the final file.
With experience from the A / M and color dark chamber, we have recognized that we can digitize the full frame, Max file size, No levels, No dust control, Max resolution | at the best resolution, with the warranty given by Hasselblad with the Imacon Flextight X5 scanner.
The file that it gives us is named .FFF and it is Raw digital file. For digital photography, respectively, RAW is the file that the camera gives us directly and corresponds to the frame of the film.
Some personal notes on analog photography. Working with economy is a tool. Concentration on the measured frame of the film and the need for simplicity is served well with the absence of battery, card and PC. This takes care of the continuous flow of concentration by exclusively being present with your subject.
During the time where the images are being collected and selected in peace, there is by definition and by the nature of the work required, time for the experience of the final project to be matured.
There is the estimation that the Film will remain for some time. Many photographers appreciate the stability of this working system, its mental tranquility, the accuracy of a measure and the convenience of working perceptually in a slow pace.
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Research & archival
2017 - 2020, The Raw Sight Lab in collaboration with Filmora Photo Lab, they offer in the center of Athens, a full service analogue lab on development of films, scanning process and inkjet printing for artists, curators and collectors.
2011 - 2019, ELIA MIET Collaboration with the Greek Literary Archives for the digitization (part) of the photographic archive of the organisation.
2014, ΜΕΤΚΑ Design, archiving and digitization of the photographic archive of the construction company
2013, Public Power Corporation S.A. Collaboration with the organisation's photographic department for the digitization (part) of the files.
2001, CRAF Research and collection of photographic material for the photographic project "Via del Sale" of the organisation Centro di Ricerca e Archiviazione della Fotografia.
1999, Naomi Rosenblum Research on "Women photographers in Greece" for the book edition of the researcher "A History of women photographers"
Images on this site are available for purchase inprint.
"If the image of the actual is obvious then the image of the photograph appears obvious.
The literal and the transfer so become one. The interpretation, is based solely on how much
one can endure to see."
Prints are available through Artist Pension Trust (APT). For print sales please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The printing process used is the Digital Chromogenic Fujicolor Crystal Archive Print, whereas the scanning is made by the Hasselblad Imacon X5 scanner. The photographic films are the KODAK PORTRA 120 and the KODAK TMAX.
MUTUAL ART - ARTIST PENSION TRUST - APT EUROPE has the largest global collection of contemporary art, comprising 13,000 artworks from 2,000 select artists in 75 different countries. With additional commitments totaling 40,000 artworks, the collection is growing by more than 2,000 each year, as artworks are deposited by artists chosen by APT’s distinguished international Curatorial Team. APT has representative offices in New York, Los Angeles, London, Leipzig, Mumbai, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Mexico City and Amman, in addition to Artist Relation Managers all around the world. In 2012, APT successfully accelerated expansion into Asia in partnership with Simon Murray & Company, a prestigious pan-Asian investment fund management firm with Asian business expertise accumulated over four decades.
CRAF (Centro di Ricerca e Archiviazione della Fotografia)
Museum of Photography, Thessaloniki