Dimitri Mellos was born in Athens, Greece. He studied philosophy and psychology, and holds a PhD in clinical psychology. Since 2005 he’s been living in New York City.
Having received little formal schooling in photography, Dimitri started photographing seriously and consistently in 2008. His work has been exhibited in Greece, Barcelona, London, Berlin, New York, Miami, and Santa Fe, and is in private collections in Europe and the United States. He has received several awards for his work, including 2nd place in CENTER’s 2011 Editor’s Choice awards and 1st runner-up in Blurb’s Photography Book Now 2011 contest; he was also a Finalist for the prestigious Fotovisura Grant as well as the Magnum Expression Award, has been a Finalist for the last 3 years in a row for the Renaissance Photography Prize, and won the 1st prize in the fine art e-book category in the 2012 Fotoweek DC contest.
John Szarkowski said of Garry Winogrand that “his ambition was not to make good pictures, but through photography to know life”. This statement perfectly describes Dimitri’s photographic ambitions as well.