I was introduced to film photography as a freshman in high school by Karen Kaighin. Photography immediately became my passion and focus for over a decade. I attended a selective intensive summer photography program at Merychurst College in Erie, Pennsylvania and was recognized nationally for my black-and-white photography. Even as I “developed” new interests in college and graduate school, I was sure to tie them to photography, much like my college mentor, Barry Perlus.
For instance, in freshman year at Cornell University after a class on Minoan and Mycenaean Archaeology, I began going to Greece in the summers to help on excavations, including working as a site photographer for Winn Burke and the Mitrou Archaeological project. Conversely, in graduate school for museum studies at Brandeis University, I combined my new interests in Greece with my passion for photography for my thesis, History of Greek Photography, 1839–1960, an update to Alkis Xanthakis’ out of print volume. While in Boston, I also interned at the Panopticon Gallery, one of the oldest fine art photography galleries in the United States, found by Greek-American, Tony Decaneas.
Photography Education
M.A., Cultural Production, concentration in Museum Studies
Brandeis University, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Waltham, MA
Thesis: A History of Greek Photography 1839 through 2008
B.F.A., Photography, minor in Classical Civilizations
Cornell University, College of Architecture, Art and Planning, Ithaca, NY
Photography Work Experience
Intern, Panopticon Gallery, Boston, MA
Studio photography assistant, Tom Gigliotti Photography, Pittsburgh, PA
After college, I worked as an assistant photographer for studio photographer Tom Gigliotti in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. I assisted in setting up and breaking down shoots in the studio and on the road. I arranged for rental equipment and organized the digital photographic archive. I also assisted in the renovation of the studio.
Volunteer, Photo Antiquities Museum of Photographic History, Pittsburgh, PA
I also volunteered at Photo Antiquities Museum of Photographic History by helping research, catalog, and organize recently acquired antique flash bulbs and inventory miscellaneous donated equipment.
Senior photography editor
The Cornellian, Ithaca, NY
During my junior and senior years, I was employed by the Cornellian in 2005 as Photography Editor and in 2006 (as co-editor with Robert Bonow), a student-run business and division Student Agencies, Inc., the oldest independent student-run company in the United States. I was responsible for taking photographs of campus events, capturing the campus environment, clubs, student life, and all university sports. I hired additional staff photographers, assigned projects to them, and oversaw their work. I selected photographs and assisted in creating the layouts for the roughly 500 page volumes.
Assistant archaeological site photographer, to Winn Burke Mitrou Archaeological Project, Tragana, Greece
Pennsylvania Governor’s School for the Arts, Mercyhurst University
Curated Exhibitions
Photographs: Pagonis and Panagakos, The Greek Institute, Cambridge, MA, May
Pittsburgh: Bikes, Punks, Tea, Shows, and Activism, The Mr. Roboto Project, Wilkinsburg, PA, June
Juried & Group Exhibitions
9th Annual Juried Photography Show, University of Connecticut Art Gallery, Stamford, CT, January 12–February 16
Wilton Arts Council Focus ʼ17 Juried Photography Exhibition,Wilton Library, Wilton, CT, March 1–31
Exchange: Emerging and Established Artists Come Together, Associated Artists of Pittsburgh Group Show, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA, February 5–April 24, collaboration with Karen Kaighin
Group Show, Modern Formations Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA, April
Group Thesis Exhibition, Olive Tjaden Gallery, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, May
Solo Exhibitions
What Next?-Recent Work and Portfolios, Experimental Gallery, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, January
Two Cities Through New Eyes: Color Work, Creative and Performing Arts (CAPA) High School, Pittsburgh, PA, March
My photographic work has been exhibited in galleries in Pennsylvania, New York, and Connecticut, and I have also curated exhibitions in Massachusetts and Pennsylvania. Visit the museum section of my website to learn more.
Gold Key at Nationals, Scholastics Art & Writing Awards
Photography Portfolio
Abstract, Color, & Close-up
Snow or Sky
Urban etc.
Older Art & Photo
I enjoy collaborating in art projects with other artists, including Karen Kaighin, Jerome D’Angelo, Senga Nengudi, and Gene Fenton
Me by Artemis Tsakiti, 2017, Aiani, Greece
Phipps Girl 156, Gene Fenton, 2007, Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, Pittsburgh, PA
Walk a Mile in My Shoes 6, Senga Nengudi, Jerome D’Angelo, Lily Bonga 1999
Walk a Mile in My Shoes 8. Senga Nengudi, Jerome D’Angelo, Lily Bonga 1999
My training, experience, and interests in traditional darkroom photography (color and black-and-white) and alternative or historical processes (albumen prints, tin-types, cyanotype, pin-hole) coincided with the historical shift from analog to digital photography.
Back in 2005, I explored and contrasted the differences in the style of self-portraiture (now called “selfies”) on MySpace and Facebook- both new and websites (not “social media platforms”) at the time, and long before the January 2020 Dolly Parton Challenge.
Facebook vs Myspace 2005
Shooting film still in Greece, 2010
While I continue to shoot and prefer film, I use several different brands of digital cameras. Being a member of the Stamford Photography Club in 2016–2017 enlightenment me on new digital cameras, techniques, software such as LightRoom, and encouraged me to more fully embrace the new digital reality.
Checking a digital photograph
Stamford Photography Club outing, Mianus River Park, 2016
I continue to experiment with color, and juxtapositions of images, series of images, writing and other manipulations, as I always have in my photo-books, and Duane Michals remains one of my greatest photography inspirations. I will work on digitizing my large film archive and my 20+ photo-books from my time abroad someday in the near future, but for now, a sampling of old film photographs and new digital ones are presented here.
Duane Michals, New York City, 2006
I would like to thank the scholars who gave me permission to use images that I made for their projects on this website, friends and colleagues who took pictures of me in action, and all those who encouraged and helped me over the years.
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