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Odoiporikon || Tzeli Hadjidimitriou Lesvos & Kythera - Antikythera guide, Sappho’s expert on Lesvos



Tzeli Hadjidimitriou is a fine art photographer, film maker, travel writer and photography teacher.

She is a high qualified guide on the islands of Lesvos and Kythera.

She is specialised on the legacy of Sappho and she published the first LGBT guide about Lesbos

About me

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Tzeli Hadjidimitriou is a fine art photographer, travel writer and photographer, and photography teacher from Lesbos, Greece. She is the author of six photography books, with work shown in museums and galleries in Greece and abroad. She is also the author of guidebooks to the Greek islands of Kythira and Lesbos and has published many articles about her global travels to South Korea, India, Cambodia, Laos and other destinations in the Greek Press.

In her Odoiporikon photography workshops, held in Greece, Hadjidimitriou introduces students of all levels to the “constant journey” of discovering a world flooded with light.

She holds a degree in Economics from the University of Thessaloniki and pursued further studies in the field of Direction of Photography for the Cinema, in Rome. In 1985, on a scholarship from the Universita Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Milano, she attended a series of seminars by Michelangelo Antonioni on the art of cinematography. She also holds a superior diploma as an official translator of the Italian Language and a certificate in video-montage.

“I am a storyteller. In my art I document a world that is vanishing in front of our eyes due to forces of globalization. I photograph landscapes, interior spaces, architecture and people in the fragile instant before they disappear into the past. Ruins, faded colors, old habits and faces that don’t seem to belong in the modern world fascinate me and I want them to live on in my images. I seek out subjects that feel authentic, things that are colored by the patina of time. Everything becomes more alive and present through light; this is the key to my art.” more



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27 January

Exhibition in Instanbul - Lesvos The Island of Hidden Harmony

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May 22 - June 7, 2015

Tzeli Hadjidimitriou (…) seeks the magic inherent in every reality, achieving this by being true to Lesvos, yet maintaining a respectful distance. And so these remarkably pure photographs allow the island to be seen as what it really is: an independent, unique, and enigmatic phenomenon. (Ulrike Weinhold)

Greek photographer and travel writer Tzeli Hadjidimitriou shares with us various moments from Lesvos, the island where she was born and raised, while avoiding the superficial ease of digital photography and its modern gaze. Hers is an invitation from the other side of the Aegean Sea. It is the expression, by an artist whose family came from Anatolia, of the need to bring together the two societies through the “hidden harmony” of Lesvos. Her purpose, as she states, is “to share the memories of our lost homelands, as we find a new, healing approach that liberates and connects us.”

Situated at the eastern frontiers of Greece, Lesvos emerges in Hadjidimitriou’s photographs through its diverse “nature”. This natural diversity is above all due to the light; not just the sunlight but also the light of the moon and the stars. In her compositions we can observe the diversity of the island’s lights and colors , and gradually discover its powerful identity, its inexhaustible beauties and its hidden sensations. Sensations and experiences that derive mostly from nature and less often through the daily human presence.

The photographs of Lesvos are not simply a presentation of a beautiful landscape. They invite us to hear the sounds of its waters, calm and stormy, to feel the heat of its earth, burnt by the sun, gaze at its moonlight, feel the humidity of its forests.
The human body and physical sensations are at the foreground of Tzeli Hadjidimitriou’s work. Whether in the female bodies taking pleasure in the sea, or in the photographs without human figures but evocative of forgotten experiences that go far beyond a simple observation.
Hers is an insider’s view, a view through the eyes of the heart. Born and bred on the island, Tzeli Hadjidimitriou shares her homeland with us, as she lived and loved it.


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