Georgiou Aris (1951 – )

georgiou aris, sea, ship

Aris Goergiou was born in Thessaloniki. He studied architecture in Montpellier, France. He is currently working as an architect but he is also involved in the graphic arts, mainly in projects of cultural interest.

Since 1977 he has held numerous solo and group exhibitions in Greece and abroad. In 1984 he was one of the founders of Parallaxis, an Association for the Promotion of Creative Photography, which in May 1985, organized the first international photography festival in Greece. In May 1987 he co-founded the Hellenic Museum of Photography. He has been the founder and leading spirit in Photosynkyria, the international festival of photography held yearly in Thessaloniki since February 1988. Since 1996, as a board member of the Macedonian Center for Contemporary Art, he formed the first photography collection in the Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art in Greece. As a contributor to Entefktirio, an arts and literature review, he introduced a special supplement of photography entitled Camera Obscura which has up to now published 75 monographic portfolios. In 1998 he became the first director of the Thessaloniki Museum of Photography, a post he held until 2002 when he withdrew leaving the collection of Photosynkyria to the Museum.
He has published his artistic work, articles and translations on photography, art and architecture in many books, reviews and other publications.