Dimitri Mellos was born in Athens, Greece, but since 2005 has called New York City home. He studied philosophy and psychology and is a largely self-taught photographer. As a child, he used to walk around with an old Kodak Instamatic camera (with no film loaded), pretending to be taking pictures. He rediscovered his passion for photography only many years later, this time around making sure there was film (or an SD card) in the camera. He works mainly on long-term, self-initiated projects. His work has been exhibited internationally in group and solo shows, and has garnered several prestigious awards and accolades, including being a Finalist for the Visura Grant and the Magnum Expression Award and a Juror’s Pick at the Lensculture Magnum Photography Awards.
John Szarkowski said of Garry Winogrand that “his ambition was not to make good pictures, but through photography to know life”. This statement perfectly describes Dimitri’s photographic aspirations as well.