Leading architectural and fine-art photographer
Andrew Prokos is a New York City based architecture, advertising, and fine art photographer. His work has been widely published in magazines and newspapers and used in advertisements for some of the world’s top brands. His fine art photographs incorporate architectural elements and sweeping natural and urban views. Andrew’s large-scale cityscapes of New York and other locations are often presented in panoramic format, and capture the city in intricate detail. He often uses long exposure times to “collect” light, which imparts a sense of movement and suffuses his scenes with a subtle, non-directional light. The resulting photographs are both highly detailed and lyrical in quality.
Prokos was born in 1971. His parents migrated from Greece to Chicago in the United States. When he was a child, his family moved to Florida, where he grew up. He attended the University of Florida, where he graduated with a degree in Political Science.
“I was in transition about what I wanted to do with my life. I think deep down, I realized I was changing as a person and I didn’t want to pursue political science as a career. I think that my photography of architecture is an extension of my love of the urban environment. I was born in Chicago and moved to New York City at 20 to go to grad school and also lived in Europe for two years. I was always surrounded by great cities and great architecture, so it was a natural subject for me as a beginning photographer.” Prokos said.
During the mid 1990s he spent two years living in Italy and Greece and travelling through Europe and Turkey. Meteora, and Mount Olympus became Prokos’s first subjects. “I love the historical and cultural richness of the Mediterranean. I realized that part of what defines a city is its architecture,” the photographer said.
In 1996, he returned to New York City and began working in interactive advertising. In 2002, he turned to photography full-time and received commissions from a variety of clients, including architects, property developers, interior designers, ad agencies and corporate clients. Prokos’ large-format fine art photographs incorporate architectural elements and sweeping natural and urban views.
“My work is very slow and tedious. I do not like to manipulate images. My pictures are old-fashioned and have a documentary quality.” he said.
His photography has been published in numerous magazines, newspapers, and websites, including: ArchDaily, Casa Vogue, Communication Arts, DesignBoom Magazine, Dezeen Magazine, Manhattan Magazine, Metropolis, New York City Monthly, PDN Edu and others. His photography has won awards at the International Photography Awards (Lucies), the Prix de la Photographie, Paris (Px3), the Epson International Pano Awards and others. Proko’s work has been exhibited at the Museum of the City of New York and in galleries and corporate fine art collections throughout the USA and Europe.
The latest addition to Andrew’s conceptual Night & Day series, “View of the Acropolis from Monastiraki“, has been awarded three Honorable Mentions at the 2016 International Photography Awards. The photo captures an awe-inspiring view from the Athens downtown during the course of one day from morning to night. You can see more samples of his work in his own website.