Feature and interview in Fotografia Magazine by Zisis Kardianos

Seasonality is both a gift and a curse for many locations around the world where tourism is the major source of income. Such is the case of Zakynthos, a breath-taking Greek island celebrated by Italian poet Ugo Foscolo in a well-known sonet. Like most small islands, Zakynthos is not nearly as frequented in winters as it is at summers – 54 year-old photographer Zisis Kardianos, who has spent in Zakynthos most of his life, has completed a series of photos called Off Season which capture the island’s lethargy in colder, tourist shy months.

Slide shows of my favorite photographers by Zisis Kardianos

Jean-Pierre Favreau is the first featured photographer in this new series of slide-shows which are homages to a special breed of photographers with whom I feel a special affinity. Even though most of these photographers are not household names, their work had a profound impact on me ever since I know them.

Jean Pierre Favreau was born in 1940 and has grown in La Rochelle. He lives in Paris since 1962.

From 2001 to 2009, he continued his work on the subject of man in Japenese cities. He started a work on China in 2005, until 2012.

2013, PASSAGERS, first monograph, was published at Five Continents Éditions and his work was shown in Paris at 6 Mandel Gallery.

Currently, his new theme is in Paris

Last Picture Show - Some Former Movie Theaters by Zisis Kardianos

I received today the beautiful little photobook "LAST PICTURE SHOW" that my friend the German photographer David Kregenov, conceived, photographed, designed and self-published all by himself. Just by holding the book and flipping through its pages, I could feel that this booklet was a labour of love.

A great photographer and a passionate photobook collector himself, David in this project investigates a social and cultural transformation that his country underwent the last 25 years or so, by focusing his lens to old movie theaters around German that during the said years and as a result of the mass swift to other norms of popular entertainment, have been transformed slowly and painfully to frigid discount chains and later to drugstores and organic food stores.

Kregenov's memories dictated his search for traces of a now mostly forgotten but not very distant past. The work is imbued with a nostalgic and wistful feeling also present in the words of the photographer in his brief afterword on the last page of the book. "Next thing we know, the screens were dimmed, the projectors had ceased to run and the doors were locked. When they reopened, the interiors had been cleared out, the parquet flooring had made way for industrial tilling, the chandeliers for naked neon tubes and the velvety tip-ups for steel selvings."

The book resonated to me the same emotions as the cult Wim Wenders' film Im Lauf der Zeit (Kings of the road) that I first saw in 1977 in my hometown cinema similar to the ones that Kregenov is unearthing from his memories and places them on his book's pages for us to see.

The printing is digital given the small run of the book in 100 copies- I assume HP Indigo though I cannot be sure - but immaculately printed and the colour reproduction is undisturbing and in tune to the lo-fi mood of the book.