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Demetris Koilalous was born in Athens.


Between 1980 and 1989 he was based in the UK where he studied ‘Urban and Regional Planning’ in Edinburgh and ‘Geography’ in London.

He took up photography in 1982


He returned to Greece in 1990 and since that time he has been working as a freelance photographer, specializing in portrait, theatre and advertising photography. He has worked with most advertising companies in Greece for national and international campaigns, as well as with many public and private organizations (such as ‘the National Theatre of Greece’, ‘the National Theatre of Northern Greece’, ‘Regional’ and ‘Municipal’ theatres of Greece, the ‘Municipality of the city of Athens’, the three major Greek political parties for their national campaigns between 1998 and 2006, the ‘Olympic Games Committee’, the ‘National Bank of Greece’, the ‘Ionian Bank’, the ‘Benaki Museum’, the ‘National Tourist Organization’, the ‘Chios Mastiha Growers Association’, etc), and his work has been published extensively in most Greek magazines and newspapers (namely ‘Mme Figaro’, Marie Claire’, ‘Votre Beauté’, ‘Playboy’, ‘Metro’, ‘E’, etc) throughout these years. During the same period he has photographed numerous theatrical plays performed by prominent organizations and artists, among which, Pina Bausch’s Tanztheater.

After 2000, his focus has shifted to the international musical industry.

Since 2004 he has been teaching photography in various private and public institutions.

In 2005 he created with his students the ‘Sympligada’ photography group


His works are found in private collections and in the collection of the MTP.


After 2004 the most important activities that he was involved in are the following:


2007 #   “The South”, presented at the Goethe Institute in Athens


2009 #    “Earth/Tracks” participation in the exhibition for the Prix Pictet Awards, Museum of Photography of Thessaloniki (ThMPhoto); curated by Gabriel Bauret & Vangelis Ioakimidis


2010 #    “déjà vu” participation/projection in the 21st photobiennale of Thessaloniki 'TOPOS'; the Archaeological museum of Thessaloniki


2011 #    commissioned by the Museum of Photography of Thessaloniki to photograph contemporary Lebanon as part of government project “Thessaloniki at the crossroads of civilizations” initiated by the Hellenic Ministry of Culture & Tourism


2012 #    “Lebanese Notebook; AntiParadise” exhibited in Museum of Photography of Thessaloniki

“ORIENTED AND DISORIENTED IN THE MIDDLE EAST” curated by the director of ThMPhoto, Vangelis Ioakimidis


2012 #    “Lebanese Notebook; AntiParadise” exhibited in PhotoMed festival “TROIS PHOTOGRAPHES GRECS AU MOYEN-ORIEN D’AUJOURD’HUI” Toulon; curated by Vangelis Ioakimidis


2012 #    “Lebanese Notebook; AntiParadise” presented in “FOTOGRAFIA EUROPEA” at Reggio Emilia by curator Nina Kassianou


2013 #    starts “Heterotopia” -an ongoing project about contemporary Israel, supported by ThMPhoto


2015 #    assigned by the Piraeus Bank Group Cultural Foundation to photograph sites and people of Chios Island for the Chios Mastic Museum


2015 #    “Lebanese Notebook; AntiParadise” exhibited in Chios Photo Festival, Chios, Greece


2016-06 # “CAESURA the duration of a sigh” exhibited in Athens Photo Festival;“MISPLACED-DISPLACED” Benaki Museum; Athens


2017-05 # “CAESURA” shortlisted and exhibited in “Les Boutographies” Festival; Monpellier.


2017-05 # “CAESURA” shortlisted and exhibited in Cardiff International Festival of Photography "ZEITGEIST"; Wales Millennium Centre


2017-05 # “CAESURA” shortlisted and exhibited in PhotoIreland Festival "THE RECOUNT OF CONFLICT";

at Pallas Projects Studios, Dublin


2017-05 # “CAESURA” shortlisted & exhibited in documentary series at KOLGA Tbilisi Photo Festival,

Tbilisi Georgia


2017-05 # “HETEROTOPIA” shortlisted & exhibited in Conceptual Series at KOLGA Tbilisi Photo Festival,

Tbilisi Georgia


2017-05 # “CAESURA” 1st prize “Head On Mobile Prizes 2017” Head On Photo Festival, Sydney Australia


2017-05 # “CAESURA” 2nd prize “Head On Portrait Prizes 2017” Head On Photo Festival, Sydney Australia


2017-05 # “CAESURA” EXHIBITOR’s choice 1st place Award, Santa Fe Photo Festival, New Mexico, USA


2017-06 # “HETEROTOPIA” 1st prize, YICCA International Awards 2017, Italy, and exhibition in Rooster Gallery, Vilnius, Lithuania


2017-08 #  “CAESURA” shortlisted and exhibited in Aperture Summer Open, “FREEDOM”, Aperture, N.Y, USA


2017-09 #  “CAESURA” SPECIAL SELECT Juror’s 1st place Award, Kuala-Lumpur International Photo Awards 2017, “FAMILY” Kuala Lumpur Malaysia.




and has received the following awards:


Santa Fe Photo Festival (N. Mexico USA), Exhibitor’s choice 2017 1st place Award for CAESURA


Kuala Lumpur International Photo Awards 2017 “FAMILY”, “Photo Stories” category, 1st place Award for CAESURA


Renaissance Photography Prize 2017 “Borders” & “Life” categories, finalist for CAESURA


PDN “Storytellers” 2017 theme runner up for CAESURA


Life-FRAMER “Series Award” 2017 runner up for CAESURA


YICCA International Awards 2017 Italy, 1st prize for “HETEROTOPIA”


Head On Photo Festival (Australia), “Head On Mobile” Prizes 2017 1st prize for CAESURA


Head On Photo Festival (Australia), “Head On Portrait” Prizes 2017 2nd prizefor CAESURA


Life-FRAMER, “Still Life” 2017 theme 1st prize for CAESURA


Life-FRAMER, “Youthhood” 2017 theme runner up for CAESURA



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