He travels around the world for his love in photography
Stylianos Papardelas was born in Larisa and grew up in Crete. He started photography in 2006 and received lessons at the Hellenic Photographic Society of Crete and later joined the Photographic Society of the University of Crete, as a student of Computing and Communication Systems.
Papardelas is co-founder of the digital media project The World of Ronah, creating short documentary films on travelling. Apart from photography and digital content, he works for Barretstown, an Irish organization that supports children suffering from cancer and mental diseases. Using photography and therapeutic play, Stylianos teaches children how to cope with their disease and fight it off.
As a photographer, Stylianos has served several major digital media in Greece and abroad and some of his photos have been endorsed by National Geographic magazine.
He has worked in South East Asia as a photographer with IRIN News, the awarded humanitarian news service of the United Nations. He photographed aspects of urban poverty, life in the favelas and children’s working all the way from Cambodia to India.
In Uganda, Papardelas worked in the North counties of the country, facing the guerilla Lord Resistance Army, notorious for kidnapping and killing unarmed children. He outlined the wounds of the 20-year long conflict in the North, taking pictures of the remaining refugees and survivors of the war.
In his free time as a photojournalist, Papardelas travels around the world, shooting street scenes and depicting the daily life of the casual people he meets during his journeys.
A part of his work is about Greece. Since the outbreak of the financial crisis in his country, Papardelas has been recording the Greek society. He has photographed the living and working conditions of immigrants in the fields of Crete, the soup kitchens and social groceries of Athens, the deprivation in the workers’ districts of Perama and Piraeus and the impoverishment of the Greek middle class.
He has worked as a photojournalist for the British Huffington Post newspaper, the German Spiegel magazine, Eleftherotipia newspaper, the Press Project and the newspaper Neos Kosmos of the Greek community in Australia.
His latest work in Greece was a thorough press photography project about the collapse of the public health sector, the use of drugs in the streets, prostitution and imprisoned female drug addicts in Eleonas of Thiva.
In December 2013, Papardelas exhibited his first large collection of works under the title Circles and during the same year he was awarded by the President of the Greek Republic.
See below the Stylianos Papardelas interview at ellines.com
Photo credits: stylianospapardelas.com