PHOTOGRAPHER TASOS MARKOU
ON THE GREEK REFUGEE CRISIS
Saturday, June 23, 2:00 – 4:00 PM
National Hellenic Museum – Special Events Hall
Non-Members $10, Students $5
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Tasos Markou is a photographer from Thessaloniki, Greece. When Markou traveled to Lesvos in August of 2015, he witnessed the beginning of the Greek Refugee Crisis. In this talk, Markou will describe his efforts to portray the difficulties experienced by the refugees as they traveled from Lesvos to the mainland and ultimately to the northern border of Greece. Through his work as a photographer, volunteer and activist, Markou is committed to showing not only the stories of struggle and crisis, but also sharing the human stories. As Markou says, “The refugees don’t stop being human just because they are refugees.” Beyond the lens of his camera, Markou demonstrates great passion and empathy in his committed effort to tell these important stories of perseverance and human connection.
ABOUT THE PHOTOGRAPHER: Tasos Markou was born in 1983 in Larisas, Greece. He studied photography at the Diek Voluou Public Vocational Training Institute, then worked for press agencies in Thessaloniki and nearby Larissa covering social, sporting, and political events. When he discovered that some of his photos had been used out of context, he decided to leave his press job in 2007.
In 2015, he traveled to Lesvos to cover the refugee crisis. The experience changed him, and he turned away from traditional photojournalism. Markou now works as a freelance photographer focusing on immigration in Greece and social matters. He also volunteers by teaching photography and providing aid to refugees.
Lives Afloat: The Greek Refugees Crisis Through the Lens of Tasos Markou 2015-2017
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