Yorgos Karahalis

Yorgos Karahalis

Based
Athens, Greece
Born
Athens, Greece
Status
Photographer
Camera
Canon 5D Mark III, 1D Mark IV
“I want to create a good picture that catches the eye and forces the viewer to look deeper, to read the text of an article or to click through a whole slideshow.”

Beat

I cover all kinds of news-related stories, including sports. Greece’s economic crisis and its impact on most aspects of daily life has been the main story over the past two years, so lots of my work has been covering the protests, the riots, the rallies. Today I need to move ahead and dive deeper into “ordinary” stories, explore them further and open them up to readers.

One Shot

. RHODES, Greece. REUTERS/Yorgos Karahalis
Charred trees are silhouetted against the sky after a six-day forest fire in the southern part of the Greek island of Rhodes.
“I like this picture because it's an aesthetically pleasing image, but at the same time has a nightmarish quality.”

Profile

My earliest memory of photography is trying to get close-ups of insects and flowers with a Minolta pocket instamatic when I was in my early teens

After ten years of working in the Greek media, I joined Reuters in 1996. A few months later there was an uprising in Albania against the government of then-President Sali Berisha. It was my first assignment in such a hostile environment, with lootings, shootings and killings creating a chaotic situation across the country.

While covering the Albanian unrest, I had to cope with a totally new side of my profession, which was ugly, scary and at the same time extremely challenging. The good thing? I finally made it and next year I won a Fuji Film Award as the Greek photographer of the year with pictures from that trip.

I feel attracted to simple daily-life stories, although I am now approaching them in a very different way than I used to in the past. I spend more time with my subject, whether it is an object or a person.

When I take pictures, I try to tell a story that awakens emotions and thoughts and that could reach every single reader in the world. I want to create a good picture that catches the eye and forces the viewer to look deeper, to read the text of an article or to click through a whole slideshow.

My biggest lesson? You never know.

I respect people who believe that respect itself is one of the most important values in their lives.

Behind the Scenes

. GALAXIDI, Greece. Alexandros Stamatiou
Reuters Photographer Yorgos Karahalis stands in the Greek town of Galaxidi during a carnival "flour-war"
. Greece. Aris Messinis
Karahalis covers riots that took place in Greece in 2008, after police shot dead a teenager in Athens.