One of Greece’s top photojournalists, Giannis Kyriakides, who wrote history in the field of photography through his unique style of work, has died at the age of 92.
Based in Thessaloniki, Kyriakides for 70 years captured the biggest events inside and outside of Greece, including prime ministers, kings, dictators and ordinary people — great personalities which include Charles de Gaulle, Collin Powell, Slobodan Milošević, Mikhail Gorbachev, as well as Konstantinos Karamanlis, Andreas Papandreou and Konstantinos Mitsotakis.
Kyriakides refused to part with his place of birth, Thessaloniki, and remained there until the end, making the city famous by bringing out its best features.
He became a teacher and role model for youngsters, photojournalists and reporters; there were no limits to his passion for his work. Two of his features that established him as an icon, were a ladder that he used as a photography tool and the fact that he always gave directions before each shoot — no one ever said no to him, not even prime ministers.