Posted August 13, 2015 in Member News
Light Work is pleased to announce Costa Sakellariou as a recipient of the 41st annual Light Work Grant in Photography.
The Light Work Grants in Photography program is a part of Light Work’s ongoing effort to provide support and encouragement to artists working in photography. Established in 1975, it is one of the longest-running photography fellowship programs in the country. Each recipient receives a $2,000 award, has their work exhibited at Light Work and is published in “Contact Sheet: The Light Work Annual.” The judges for this year were Larissa Leclair (founder, Indie Photobook Library), Ryan Linkof (assistant curator, Los Angeles County Museum of Art) and Todd J. Tubutis (executive director, Blue Sky, the Oregon Center for the Photographic Arts).
Sakellariou is a photographer currently living and working in Binghamton, N.Y. From the mid-1980s until 1992, he was a working photographer based in Athens, Islamabad and New Delhi. His clients were the weekly news magazines and his work was represented by JB Pictures in New York City. In 1992, he began work on a long-term project on the dwindling Greek population of Istanbul. The project was published as a book titled “The Last Greeks of Istanbul,” and was one of the first photobooks to be published in Greece. The Benaki Museum plans to acquire a portfolio of the work for their permanent photography collection. In 1998, Sakellariou and his wife moved to Binghamton. A year later, he began teaching photography at Binghamton University, where he continues to teach today.