Georgios Makkas is a professional photographer based in Athens, but since the Greek financial crisis he is been working internationally.
Born in 1977, he studied photography in ESP, Athens and moved to the UK in 1999 to attend the documentary photography course in Newport, Wales. He is been awarded as one of the 16 young Greek photographers of the year 1998 and in 2002 his documentary project about the depopulation of rural Albania won the first prize in the Observer Hodge photographic award in London. In 2009 and 2010, he participated in the artist-in-residence programme SETSE – Seeing Europe Through a Stranger’s Eyes – in the Academy of Fine Arts in Poznan, Poland
He held solo exhibitions and took part in several group ones in the UK (National Portrait Gallery, Hereford Photo Festival, the Newsroom in London), Greece (Athens Photo Festival, Thessaloniki Museum Of Photography, Rizarios Cultural Centre in Monodendri), Spain (Fotonoviembre, Centro del Carmen de Valencia), Italy (Fotografia Europea -Reggio Emilia), USA (DUMBO Arts Festival), Turkey (Istanbul Design Biennial) and his work can be found in the permanent collection of the Thessaloniki Museum of Photography.
Georgios Makkas also works in collaboration with the Greek and international press and often on private commissions.