Field reporting on humanitarian issues, social injustice and conflicts around the globe, capturing human struggle in images and text.
Dimitrios Bouras was born in Thessaloniki and grew up in several Greek cities. Images from Henri Cartier Bresson and Oriana Fallaci’s book VIETNAM had a powerful effect on him and were instrumental in his decision to become a photographer.
He has been a photojournalist since 1980, working as a freelance researcher and reporter on humanitarian issues, social injustice, poverty and war around the globe. He has covered special assignments in Greece, Bulgaria, F.Y.R.O.M., Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Romania, Chechnya, Ukraine, Turkey, Afghanistan, the Sub-Saharan Africa, Egypt, Syria, Iraq, ‘Kurdistan’ and other countries.
His awards include Amnesty International, a Prix Pictet Commission, and honors from Pictures of the Year International. His work has been exhibited extensively in Greece and internationally. He regularly contributes under an alias; Freelancer status affords Dimitris the possibility to overcome the constraints of the passive role of a content provider and to develop independently as advocate and documentarian. He has been investigating thorny social issues in present-day Greece: drug abuse, homelessness, the life of the disabled and the impact of austerity; the uprising in the Ukraine; geopolitical development in Caucasus Eurasia; social unrest in Turkey; the “Arab Spring” in Middle East and the Kurds.
Dimitrios currently resides between Athens, Greece, Duhok, KRG/Iraq and Mariupol, Ukraine. In his current research investigates the new form of war: Hybrid/‘undeclared war’. Under the title “Beyond Dichotomies: Reassembling Global Challenges through the Local” the research is beyond everyday photojournalism; is a geopolitical - strategic and anthropological research, following a comparative study pattern. In this comparative study he follows developments in Middle East (focusing in Syria, Iraq, Kurdistan Autonomous Region & Afghanistan) as well as in Ukraine, and in the greater zone of Caucasus Eurasia.
Dimitrios is frequent lecturer and essayist on various academic institutions and international conferences. During 2017 presented a series of lectures/seminars in the University of Cambridge (UK) under the title “Photography between Invisibility and the Unseen” (CRASSH), as well lectures towards accuracy and transparency in the new media terrain: “From the TRUST ME era to the SHOW ME era”. In addition lecturing in the LSE LAW upon Refugee Crisis, in The Dickson Poon School of Law, King’s College London (UK), a series of masterclass and lectures: “Reporting on Crisis, Culture and Community”, in the Journalism Program of Northeastern University Boston, USA, a presentation in Center for Democracy and Reconciliation in Southeast Europe (CDRSE) in joint cooperation with DG NEAR “Towards a different media culture in the acceding countries of the Western balkans: Investing in raising media standards and media transparency”, as well as presentations in TEDx
Among his recent research outcomes was the presentation of the epidemic spread of HIV in Greece among IDU (intravenous drug users) in the 28th Annual EPIIC International Symposium on “Global Health and Security”, the Institute for Global Leadership - Tufts University, Boston, USA and in the international conference Ethics and Aesthetics of Epidemiological Photography (University of Cambridge, UK.) In addition studies and research upon trafficking - new forms of war conflicts and the humanitarian impact was presented in the International Conference 31st EGOS Colloquium: "Organizations and the Examined Life: Reason, Reflexivity and Responsibility" Presentation title: “Beyond Dichotomies: Reassembling Global Challenges through the Local”.
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