Manos Constantine (1934 – )

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Constantine Manos was born to parents of Greek immigrants in Columbia, South Carolina. His first encounter with photography was at the age of 13 in his school’s photography club and through time it reached a professional level. He studied English literature at the University of South Carolina and worked as the official photographer of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. In 1961, he came to Greece to capture his motherland. The result of this journey was the book “A Greek Portfolio”, which was finally publiced in 1972. In 1963 he became a member of the international news agency Magnum (Magnum). Photos of Manos can be found in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Bibliotheque Nationale in Paris, the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, the Benaki Museum and more. In 2003 he was awarded the Leica Medal of Excellent for his colored pictures and for the whole of his photographic work for American Color.