The word "neighborhood" beyond the area it defines, carries all those aspects of social life and the activities of its people. In an age of pandemic discomfort and the transition to new norms of behavior, our neighborhood is shaking and shrinking. Michalis Boliakis "forces" us with his photos to take a deep breath and find again in our soul the meaning of the word.
The neighborhood is above all the faces of the children. This photo album has virtually no geographical location. All these photos capture our neighborhoods, the ones we have lost. The neighborhoods that even in the difficulties of life, become more beautiful when the children act freely and happily. Every photo is a look, a childish movement that freezes in time and brings us back to the world of innocence. This book is how we, the photographer, and the child we carry within us become more strongly connected.
Michalis Boliakis, on a photographic journey in the late '90s, travels the area of Cuzco, Arequipa, Lake Titicaca, and elsewhere, without a program and a specific purpose, collecting images of everyday life hidden behind the windows of tourism.
The photographs in this album, focusing on the natives of Peru, a landmark for the pre-Columbian cultures, capture the unadulterated beauty and charm of the place that was the center of Inca culture.
Istanbul is undoubtedly one of the most beloved and enticing photographic subjects, not only because of its modern political and social image but mainly because of its culture and special tradition and history. In the past, the city has inspired many photographers to look for its peculiarities and to describe its physiognomy.
Michalis Boliakis has been traveling and photographing Istanbul for more than ten years, aiming to record its modern life. The result of these trips is presented in his album entitled "Stin Poli".
Michalis Boliakis makes us his companions on another trip to his favorite Cuba!
In "Colore Cubano" we see for the first time color photographs of the photographer. Nine years after the release of the black and white album "Cuba", the artist returns to Cuba to immortalize it with his photographic lens, this time in color.
Historically, since the last century when photography began to present stable and permanent images, it allows us to pass the time leaving us with unforgettable and unique memories. The photographs taken by Michalis Boliakis during his frequent trips to Cuba in the 1990s are one such example.
His images are imbued with love, sensitivity, and sympathy for happy, simple people, who were forced to live in difficult conditions, without this affecting their perception of freedom and dignity. Music is ubiquitous in his photographs, being an integral part of Cuban culture, which with its rhythms sets in motion a fiery people who pulsate with life.
The images of children and young people playing in the streets, the old cars that take us several decades back are aspects of today's Cuba that cause admiration because it is nothing but the result of many years of resistance and confrontation in a hostile policy, but also of uniqueness. of the people who manage to maintain even today.