In Limbo

In Limbo is a suggestive personal record of the state of flux and insecurity of the Greek people, particularly those living in Athens, after the on-going economic recession burst into their lives. My photographic exploration is nuanced and restrained, resisting exploitative poverty porn, taking instead the pulse of the street, not a thoroughfare bustling with commercial vibrancy or even a fake euphoria, but one on which an ineffable mixture of frustration, sadness and bewilderment has penetrated every moment of people’s lives. This book is comprised of images in a quasi-documentary style, but the stories behind them have been stripped away in order to enhance their lyrical aspect at the expense of the informational.

15x29cm, 68 pages, 33 b&w images

Thread-sewn softcover with flaps

Self-Published; 2017

Edition of 100 hand-numbered and signed copies

Printed on Arctic Volume High White 150gsm paper

Photographs and text © Zisis Kardianos, 2017





Photographs and Text by Zisis Kardianos
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Offset Duotone in Tatami paper
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The photographs collected in this book suggest a journey off the beaten track where my personal exploration of my native island is shared with you in the hope to leave you with an emotional understanding of the place more than a literal sense of location. Photography, contrary to the common belief, is not real at all. It is an illusion of reality with which we create our own private world.
It’s impossible to objectively describe a place or the people who live there anyway. Every adjective suggests the opposite. Every description evokes a contradiction. In trying to document a specific place, to put it into context and to show what it’s really like, we photographers do not easily escape the traps of cliché and stereotypes. I hope that I have done my best to avoid them. Since this is a personal exploration, many aspects of life in the island have been ignored.
I am more of an observer than an intruder. Still, through my photographs, I seek to create a world that is fictional in spite of being made with the raw materials of reality. 

Photography of place can be said to begin at home, but although this seems obvious, it is a relatively recent area of interest for the photobook. As the medium has become more personal, the near-at-hand has become a more popular subject, closely associated with such issues as memory and desire. Photography at home, although seemingly restrictive, tends to bring out the best in photographers (in the best photographers, that is) since they have such personal and profound connections to their subject.
— Martin Parr & Gerry Badger, The Photobook, A history vol.3