John Stratoudakis - Bio

I believe in the power of the image - it fascinates me. My father was a director of photography in film productions. Thus, due to stimuli in childhood, growing in an environment full of perceptions from Cinema, I've learned to respect the seductive power of the story which resides inside the image. My work as a photographer moving like a satellite around of the very notion of Cinema, conceptually as well as aesthetically. All my stories and characters are real, but at the same time, they might be fiction or dreams. I aim at informing the audience about the characters and their world and to initiate the viewer towards different interpretations of the structure and the outcome.

Photographer, film director, and submission reviewer at Lens Culture.
John holds a Specialization degree in Photography by Michigan State University / School of Arts and Letters. Believing in life long education, has also studied European Civilization at Hellenic Open University / School of Humanities, and Film directing at Metropolitan College / School of Communication and Culture. Over the last five years he teaches Photography and Film studies courses. His work has been presented and published in various Film and Photography Festivals in Europe, United States and Latin America.

Further certificates

Memory and Movies, Wesleyan University, 2016
How to Change the World, Wesleyan University, 2014
Social Psychology, Wesleyan University, 2014
Marriage and the Movies: A History, Wesleyan University, 2014
The Modern and the Postmodern, Wesleyan University, 2013
The Language of Hollywood: Storytelling, Sound, Color, Wesleyan University, 2013
Photography: A Victorian Sensation, The University of Edinburgh, 2015
Warhol, The University of Edinburgh, 2014
Introduction to Philosophy, The University of Edinburgh, 2014
Scandinavian Film and Television, University of Copenhagen, 2014
Subjectivity, Irony and the Crisis of Modernity, University of Copenhagen, 2013
A History of Art for Artists, California Institute of the Arts, 2014
Light, Color, and Life, KAIST, 2014
Introduction to Psychology as a Science, Georgia Institute of Technology, 2014
Moralities of Everyday Life, Yale University, 2014
The Camera Never Lies, University of London, 2013
Creativity, Innovation, and Change, The Pennsylvania State University, 2013
Model Thinking, University of Michigan, 2012

Awards

Shortlisted, "Milky Way", Dummy Photobook Awards, Photometria International Photography Festival, 2017, Greece.
Official Selection, "Mount Pelion - Sculpting in Time", Planeta.doc Festival Internacional de Cinema Socioambiental 2016, Brazil
Official Selection, "Mount Pelion - Sculpting in Time", Szczecin European Film Festival 2016, Poland/Germany
Official Selection, "Interlude", OZARK SHORTS 2016, USA
Official Selection, "Interlude", Szczecin European Film Festival 2015, Poland/Germany