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Alexandros Demetriades March 30, 2011

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Morfou, Northern Cyprus 2010

Alexandros Demetriades (b. 1967, Cyprus) studied Economics and Financial Investments at the George Washington University were he later received an MBA. After a short stint in the financial world he made the decision to leave and create a multi-disciplinary design firm in 1994. He served as the Creative Director of the company designing across a wide range of disciplines, including animations, exhibition design, interactive content and game design winning various awards along the way. As a self-taught photographer Alexandros is pursuing his photographic aspirations since 2010. Alexandros is currently shooting in the Balkans and the Middle East.

About the Photograph:

“I shot this photo while traveling in occupied North Cyprus, in the district of Morfou. I ended in a deserted coffee shop by the sea under a strong menacing wind. At first glance from some distance away the place looked abandoned. On coming closer I noticed some figures playing cards so I proceeded to walk inside and came across the man in the foreground in the picture. When I saw this man sitting at the cafe, his stasis had an almost frightening intensity which immediately captivated me. The interesting thing is that I know that he knew I was shooting him. I was so close but he never flinched, never posed. The peacefulness that exuded from him made me feel insignificant. Lost in his inner world behind this half open door, he sat withdrawn not with fear but with indifference, observing the vagaries of the outside world. His face expressed a bitter reverie. Perhaps he was steeped in a fatalism peculiar to the Balkan region whose turbulent history resulted in a complex and fragile cultural and religious mosaic. Here, no truth overcomes another, and he seemed to know it.”

Narayan Mahon May 25, 2009

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Lefkosa, Northern Cyprus 2008

Narayan Mahon (b. 1980, United States) is a Seattle based editorial and commercial photographer. Narayan earned a Master’s of Science degree in Photojournalism from Syracuse University. He has recently received a grant from the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting to continue working in Somaliland and selected as a winner of Magenta Foundation’s 2009 Flash Forward- Emerging Photographers and participated at the Eddie Adams Workshop in 2007. Narayan’s clients include Crowne Plaza Hotels and Nike and his editorial work has appeared in The New York Times, The Economist and powerHouse Magazine, among others.  Narayan’s personal work include Lands in Limbo, an ongoing book project about unrecognized countries.”

About the Photograph:

“This photograph was made during a trip to the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, in Lefkosa, the capital, in April 2008. Lefkosa (Nicosia in Greek) is the last divided capital in the world, split down the middle by a “Green Zone” administered by the United Nations. This image respresents the no-man’s land that cleaves the city, creating an emptiness in the heart of the island. The evening this image was made, celebrations were happening on both sides of the city. Both Greeks and Turks were embracing the opening of a symbolic border crossing on Ledra Street, first closed and walled-off nearly 40 years ago, when the island split apart. The opening sparked optimism for reunification, which has since faded. The trip to Northern Cyprus was a part of an ongoing long term project documenting unrecognized countries. In addition to Northern Cyprus, the project includes Abkhazia, Nagorno Karabakh, Somaliland and Transdniestra.”

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