‘Aperspectival’ series takes a more intimate look at urban landscapes, influenced by the metropolitan condition ‘terrain vague’ as defined by Ignasi de Sola-Morales - the anonymous reality of spaces on the fringes of organised urban planning. In this selection urban scenes from Miami are presented in a way that highlights the formalistic aspects while the blurring of time is intended to give a timeless feel. The series fuses the boundaries between topographic/representation and expressionistic/pictorial iconography in its exploration of the integral perspective.
“The photographs themselves take a range of subjects, both city and nature, buildings and contexts, interiors and exteriors, wholes and parts, full of people and empty of habitation, frozen structures and dynamic skies—cityscapes, urban waterscapes and wild landscapes. The wide-angle Karatzas lens ranges widely. If integral consciousness is “aperspectival” (meaning beyond individual perspectives), as Jean Gebser put it, then something of this lens is available to viewers of this work. Although filled with page-turning anticipation about what comes next, this is not work to be glanced over as a coffee-table fashion book. I encourage you to take a long-exposure view of each image. Let the Integral Lens take you somewhere.” - Prof. Mark DeKay, Author ‘Integral Sustainable Design’
Images are part of a larger project: ‘Integral Lens - multi perspectival approaches to the study and representation of the built environment’. A visual journey of contemporary architecture and cityscapes from United States. The project was awarded by Fulbright Foundation and sponsored by the College of Architecture and Design in Knoxville Tennessee. Selected images have received distinctions in IPA 2016, FAPA 2017, PX3 2016 & 2017, Spider Awards 2016, Dodho Magazine 2017.
The first book collection from this project its available through blurb.com:
AUTHOR: Pygmalion Karatzas GREECE
Pygmalion Karatzas studied architecture at the Technical University of Budapest and urban design at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh. From 1999 to 2012 he worked as an architect designing more than 20 projects. In 2013 he started focusing on architectural and fine art photography. Since then he has photographed more than 120 architectural, editorial and commercial projects and 60 artistic series with subjects from Greece, Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Scotland, Qatar and USA.
His images are being regularly featured in print and web publications from Greece and abroad, and have received 25 distinctions from leading international photographic competitions. He has participated in group exhibitions in Athens, Thessaloniki, Patras, Aegion, Rome and London; and produced 7 book collections. In 2015 he was awarded the prestigious Fulbright Artist Scholarship sponsored by the College of Architecture and Design of the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.
From short-term intensive assignments like the coverage of the EXPO 2015 Milano pavilions, to medium-term city scale reportage like the Doha Icons, and long-term complex journeys like the Integral Lens project in twelve cities across United States, Pygmalion exhibits his passion and dedication to the study, representation and dissemination of the built environment and its broader role as a cultural asset.
He is a member of the Association of European Journalists and represented by Arcaid Images London. He collaborates with the Danish Architecture Center as photo editor for arcspace.com, where he conducts exclusive interviews with renowned architectural and fine art photographers. His on-going research is towards an integral approach to architecture, sustainability and art. Based in Aegion, he travels in Greece and abroad for his personal projects and assignments.