Tzeli Hadjidimitriou was born in Mytilene, Lesvos in 1962. She holds a degree in Economics from the University of Thessaloniki (1980-1986) and pursued further studies in the field of Direction of Photography for the Cinema, in Rome (1986-1988). 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.
A professional photographer in Greece since 1988, she has worked in television for ten years and also in the cinema industry as stage photographer, collaborating with many film and photography directors.
Although mostly described as an “artistic landscape photographer”, her "lens" has also focused extensively on artworks, interiors and archaeological subjects and she collaborates with museums, galleries, architects and publishing houses. Her work is presented regularly in individual and group exhibitions in Greece and abroad.
She is a regular contributor of articles and photographs to several newspapers and magazines.
Il y a dans la serie “Dancing Nudes” toutes les promesses d’un regard qui distille ses graces au bon moment; les images sont claires et sobres d’une beaute qui sait concilier la maitrise technique et une sensualite delectable. Ses images jouent avec la transparence et la lumiere des profondeurs aquatiques. Le regard de Tzeli Hadjidimitriou anime cet univers qui, mieux que d’autres, sait se refermer sur la realite tout en s’ouvrant sur l’imagination.
Ce travail est aussi et surtout l’accomplissement d’une photographe exigeante: son ?il capte, decompose, observe, retient et parvient anous offrir cette serie d’instantanes poetiques ou chaque sequence du mouvement, chaque nuance de couleur et chaque eclat de lumiere semblent traduire une relation al’art faite plus de curiosite et de fantaisie que de doctrine et de determination. Les photos de Tzeli Hadjidimitriou sont libres de tous schemas et techniques recurrentes; une liberte chere aussi a Michelangelo Antonioni, dont l’artiste a suivi les cours en 1985.
De ce grand maitre, auteur d’une mise en scene modern, complexe, lente et reflexive, Tzeli Hadjidimitriou a su retenir cette intransigeance franche d’auter “pur” sans compromis et cette habilitearendre l’intensitedu rapport entre les personnages et l’espace.
2009 "In Communion With Stone, The Rural Architecture of Lesvos"
Photographic album. Texts: N.Sifounakis, N.Stefanou, X.Hatzilias, Tzeli Hadjidimitriou. Crete University Press
2008 “Unexplored Kythera & Antikythera”
A traveller’s guide about the island of Kythera and Antikythera; research, texts and photographs by Tzeli Hadjidimitriou. Road Editions
2006 “Unexplored Lesvos”
A traveller’s guide about the island of Lesvos; research, texts and photographs by Tzeli Hadjidimitriou. Road Editions
2003 “Time fading into clouds”
Photographic album. Texts: N. Vatopoulos, N. Chronas, Tz. Hadjidimitriou, Metaichmio Editions
Photographic album. Preface to the book were the music of Mariza Coch and the verses of N. Kavvadias. Crete University Press
1998 “Urban Housing of the ’30s; Modern Architecture in Pre-war Athens”
Texts: M. Kardamitsi, N. Meras, P. Nikolaidis, P. Tournikiotis, M. Philippidis, D. Philippidis, Nereus Editions
1997 “39 Coffeee Houses and a Barber’s shop”
Photographic album. Texts: A. Fasianos, F. Frangouli, G Chronas, E. Papataxiarchis, G. Nikolakakis, Th. Paraskevaidis. Crete University Press
1996 “Sacred Water, The Mineral Springs of Lesvos”
Photographic album. Texts: G. Maniotis, G. Doukakis, Tz. Hadjidimitriou
EXHIBITIONS & SHOWS
2004. “Time fading into clouds”, at Choros Technis 24 Gallery, Athens
2002 Audio-video show: “A Journey in Kythera” at the Cultural Centre of N. Smyrni Municipality, Athens, in cooperation with the network “Mediterranean S.O.S.”.
2000 In the Natural History Museum of the Petrified Forest of Lesvos with pictures from the book “The Sacred Water ”
1998 Slide presentation of The Sacred Water and of 39 Coffee Houses and a Barber’s Shop at Petra Municipality, Lesvos.
1996 “The colour of Greece”, in the Municipal Gallery of Molyvos, Lesvos: of Byzantine Studies, in Venice.
1995 “Grecia vista dalla finestra ”, in La Plaka cultural centre, Padua, Italy
2010 Audio-video show "Different,different...but same" at Georgiadi mansion, Mytilene,for the excibition "To taxidi"
2010 Fete de l' olivier a Meknes, Meknes, Morocco
2009 "Dancing nudes" at Aliquando Gallery, Paris, France
2008 mommy art ’08 – the artAZ sessions no 2, mommy, Athens
2008 Audio-video show “Sacred Water” at "the Bath of the Winds" in cooperation with the network “Mediterranean S.O.S.”.
2006 “Once upon a time there was Penelope Delta”, Athens College, Athens
2005 “A Table”, Skoufa Gallery, Athens
2005 “Aquarium”, at Saint Nicolas Bay Hotel, Saint Nicolas, Crete.
2004 “Zoom on Greece” at Sismanogleio Building in Konstantinople
2004 She participates at the Cheap Art Athens exhibitions
2004 “A little blue...”, at Saint Nicolas Bay Hotel, Saint Nicolas, Crete.
2004 Participation in the exhibition of the Academy of Athens, “In Praise of the Olive” and in the subsequent publication.
2003 She joins the girl power team and participates in the events organized in cooperation with the Hellenic Cancer Society and the Municipality of Athens.
2002 Participation in the first Kythera Photographic Encounters
2000 “Water of life”, participation in the celebrations of the European Heritage Days
2000 “2000 Tin Cans ”, in “The Lithographer’s Workshop at Piraeus Street”,
2000 “39 Coffee Houses and a Barber Shop ” based on her book with the participation of several artists, at “Psihari 36" Gallery, Athens
1999 “Mediterranean, A Source of Life and Civilization”, in cooperation with the network “Mediterranean S.O.S.”. The exhibition has traveled the next years around several Greek towns and Mediterranean countries.
1997 “Piraeus Street, Transformations of an Industrial Landscape”, Athens
1997 “Aegean trajectories in light and time”: Exhibition at Scopelos Photographic Centre, Scopelos