Greek photographer Michael Pappas explores faith and community of the extraordinary folk culture of Greece.
In 2022 he was designated as a SPOTLIGHT PHOTOGRAPHER by VOGUE for the Mitos Project.
This work focuses on female traditional costumes from all over Greece.
The Mitos project premiered at the Fragonard Museum in the world’s perfume capital Grasse, France, and is a variation of the ‘Ethos’ exhibition, which was successfully completed at the Benaki Museum of Greek Culture, this time focusing on women’s traditional costumes.
His images are being published internationally, including New York Times, The Guardian, National Geographic, VICE US and more.
He is a contributor to KATHIMERINI newspaper and Gastronomos magazine.
His love of human-centered pictures, as well as rural Greece, prompted him to create the Mitos Project, a more experiential work. His goal is to communicate their personal quests and the respective conclusions to the general public through the art of photography.
The “Mitos” project is an ongoing ethnographic tribute that focuses on local costumes throughout Greece.
The thread takes on symbolic dimensions and seeks to highlight popular culture and folk art seen in a contemporary context.
The natural and cultural environment is the background that is associated with the “costumes” while the protagonists are always the people.
The peculiarity of this photographic work lies in its modern view, through the people who have kept their clothes as heirlooms and pass them on to the next generation while using them on customary and festive occasions spontaneously, updating the mechanisms of tradition as a process.
A Thread that connects us to our roots!
-Images are published internationally, including VOGUE, New York Times, The Guardian, National Geographic, VICE and more.
-Partnered with Blue Star Ferries, National & Kapodistrian University of Athens, UNESCO.
-Digital archive is held and safeguarded by the Benaki Museum, Athens, Greece.
-THE BENAKI MUSEUM OF GREEK CULTURE. GREECE. ATHENS. NOV6 2018 – JAN13 2019. ETHOS.
-MUSEE FRAGONARD. FRANCE. GRASSE. MAY25 – SEP22, 2019. ETHOS.
-PHOTOMETRIA PHOTOGRAPHY CENTER. 2021. MITOS.
-OLYMPIC ATHLETIC CENTER OF ATHENS ‘SPIROS LOUIS’. 2021. MITOS PHOTOS BOX.
-SPOTLIGHT PHOTOGRAPHER ON VOGUE. 2022. MITOS PROJECT.
Based in Euboea island, Greece. Working worldwide.