Penelope Thomaidi

Greek, b. 1984
T. +30 6973 99 40 27

Penelope Thomaidi is a phοtographer from Greece.

She pursues long-term documentary projects, and responds to assignments from the press, institutions and individuals. Her personal work explores social and environmental issues, often with an emphasis on subjects related to memory, self-determination and resistance.

Graduate of Creative Documentary and Photojournalism one-year programme coordinated by Spéos International School of Photography in collaboration with MAGNUM PHOTOS, Paris, she has a background in fine arts and graphic design.

Member of Hans Lucas press agency.

She speaks fluently english, spanish, greek and basic french.



Creative Documentary and Photojournalism, Spéos International School of Photography in collaboration with MAGNUM PHOTOS, Paris FR (2017-2018)
MArts Artistic Production & Research, School of Fine Arts, Universitat de Barcelona, Barcelona ES (2008-2010)
Fine Arts, School of Fine Arts, Universidad Complutense, Madrid ES (2005-2006)
BA School of Plastic Arts & Art Sciences, University of Ioannina, Ioannina GR (2002-2007)



2021 Participant of IMEdD Incubator, GR
2020 Special Mention Urbanautica Institute Annual Awards, IT
2019 Coup de coeur ANI (Association des Iconographes) VISA pour l’image portfolio reviews, Perpignan, FR
2019 Winner Open Call #Anarchy by Helsinki Photo Festival, Helsinki FIN
Finalist | Bourse du Talent – Paysage, Paris FR
2018 1st place | Spéos Awards – Reportage, Spéos International School of Photography, Paris FR
2008 2nd place | Scholarships Competition for Postgraduate Studies in Visual Arts, ΙΚΥ – Greek State’s Institute of Scholarships GR
2005-2006 Socrates-Erasmus Scholarship, IKY – Greek State’s Institute of Scholarships EU



– Athens Photo Festival, Benaki Museum, Athens, GR festival]
In the Banlieus: Oakland / Saint-Denis, Pavillon de l’Arsenal, Paris, FR [group]
– In the Banlieus: Oakland / Saint-Denis, SPUR, San Francisco, US [group]

– Topoanthropologies, Thessaloniki Photobiennale, GR

Resolutive Images, FIF – International Photography Festival of Belo Horizonte, Belo Horizonte, BR [festival]
Parallel Voices, Photometria Photo Festival, Ioannina, GR [festival]

Helsinki Photo Festival, Open Call Anarchy, Helsinki, FIN [festival]
Young Greek Photographers, in the context of Athens Photo Festival, Benaki Museum / Pireos 138, Athens, GR [group]
Photo Doc. Halle des Blancs Manteaux, Paris, FR [foire]

A Zone To Defend, screening at VOIES OFF Festival, Arles, FR [screening]
Night Symphony, Espai Souvenir, Barcelona, ES [solo]
European Youth, end-of-the-year masterclass students exhibition, Magnum Photos, Paris, FR [group]
Wilde Welt Wald, a cooperation project by BBM eV Unbesandten und der Galerie Divan Stavenow with UNESCO Biosphere Reserve Elbe River Landscape department Large Protected Areas, Prignitz /Brandenburg, DE
Spéos annual exhibition, Spéos Photo School, Paris, FR [group]

The Last Game, Trii Art-Hub, Athens, GR [group]
Timeless Spaces, Thisseion Lofts, Athens, GR [group]

Inner Space, Thisseion Lofts, Athens, GR [group]

Somewhere in time, Thisseion Lofts, Athens, GR [group]

Gradient festival. From color to grayscale, Ιoannina, GR [group]

Art + Creativity = Social Change, Historic Archive of the National Bank of Greece, Athens, GR [group]
Little Paris of Athens, Finos Films Building, Athens, GR [group]

 Museums in a changing world. New challenges, new inspirations, Historic Archive of the National Bank of Greece, Athens, GR [group]
Stopover, Action Field KODRA, Thessaloniki, GR [group]

Visit, Aggelos & Leto Katakouzenos House, Athens, GR [group]
Action Field KODRA, (participation with LaConga collective) Thessaloniki, GR [group]
Festival, Usina do Gasômetro, Porto Alegre / Espaço 104, Belo Horizonte / Auditório Pinheiros, São Paulo, BRA [group]
Festival Ingravid, selected videos presented at OFF LOOP, Figueras, ES [group]
Off Loop, parallel activity to LOOP video Art Festival, Barcelona, ES [group]

Observatori Prat, Centre d’Art Torre Muntadas, Sala d’Art Josep Bages, Prat de Llobregat, ES [group]
Athens Video Art Festival, Τechnopolis, Cultural Center of the Municipality of Athens, Athens, GR [group]

N, Cosmos of Culture gallery, Athens, GR [group]

Reconstruction of Memory, School of Plastic Arts & Art Sciences, University of Ioannina, GR [solo]
Anverso-Reverso, catedra Juan Gris exhibition of the participants of the workshops by Carlos Garaicoa and Gary Hill, School of Fine Arts, Universidad Complutense, Madrid, ES [group]

Miradas, School of Fine Arts, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Madrid, ES [group]


PUBLICATIONS of photography:

Eubée. Reconstruire après le feu, Marie Claire France, July 2022
Sur la terre des oliviers centenaires, GEO France, April 2022
Le port roumain de Constanta prend la relève d’Odessa24h, 25 April 2022
Le port roumain de Constanta prend la relève d’OdessaLa Tribune de Genève, 25 April 2022
«Athènes doit devenir un laboratoire pour le climat»
24h, 25 April 2022
La Grèce veut en finir avec «l’or noir»
La Tribune de Genève, 3-4 April 2021
On Land and Water, Voxeurop, 19 October 2020
H άθλια εικόνα
LIFO, GR, May 5th 2020
Life Twists, The Provinces, December 2019
A Zone to Defend
Click Magazine, IT, Issue 68, December 2019
Dancing to Save the Waters
LIFO, GR, November 29th 2019
Λογοκριμένα τραγουδια για τις εξορύξειs υδρογονανθράκων
Η Αυγή newspaper, print and online, GR,  November 1st 2019
The Seichs of Epirus #2
, LIFO, July 17th, 2019
Et si tout n’était pas perdu
?, GRAZIA Magazine n°462 – “Spécial climat / Permaculture” print edition, FR, October 2018
Three Graduates Reflect on Life After Photographic Education – Theory & Practice, Magnum Photos website, July 2018
The Battle Of the ZAD, Red Pepper n°219, UK, ISSN 1353-7024, June-July 2018
Revenge Against the Commons, Red Pepper Online, July 8th, 2018
Fighting for the ZAD – LIFO, May 15th, 2018
Ilot 8, Saint Denis: Une utopie a renouveler, ARGOT, March 2018
Greece VS the Eurozone, OUP Blog, Oxford University Press, April 15th, 2015
Disobedient Objects,  GrDesign magazine n°8 , GR, ISSN 2241-4789, October – December 2014
The economy stinks everywhere, American Enterprise Institute, August 5th, 2011



Topografías Invisibles, Edicions Universitat de Barcelona, ES, ISBN 978-84-475-3953-6, 2016
Disobedient Objects,  GrDesign magazine n°8 , GR, ISSN 2241-4789, October – December 2014
Iconoclasistas, GrDesign magazine n°6, GR, ISSN 2241-4789, April – June 2014



2018, HOME, lectures & reviews with Olivia Arrthur & Thomas Dworzak organised by Fujifilm x MAGNUM, Paris

2017 Into the Void with Antoine D’ Agata, 6day workshop with Magnum photographer Antoine D’ Agata, VOID, Athens

2015-7 Documentary Photography, weekly seminars by documentary photographer Myrto Papadopoulos, Orama School of Photographic Studies, Athens
Fine Art Photography, weekly seminars by photographer Yannis Rizomarkos, Orama School of Photographic Studies, Athens

2016 Making a Documentary with Personal Stories, 6days workshop by director Vassilis Loules, Vovousa Festival, Vovousa – Ioannina District

2015 Documentary as a tool for education, 4days seminar by director Vassilis Loules, Michalis Kokoyannis Institute, Athens

2014 Cities inside the city, photojournalism workshop by photojournalist Maro Kouri,Orama School of Photographic Studies, Athens
Dawn at Keratsini Fish Market, photojournalism workshop by photojournalist Maro Kouri,Orama School of Photographic Studies, Athens

2013 Educating youngsters in Documentary, StoryDoc, Goethe Institut, Athens
Art & Technique of Creative Documentary, weekly seminars by director Dionysia Kopana, Anoichti Techni, Athens
Fine Art Photography, seminars by photographer Achilles Nassios, Athens

2012 Art & Research: Common Methodologies, Symposium Politics & Translation, Fine Arts School, Universitat de Barcelona, Barcelona
How to End with Evil, meetings of Art & Activism, Enmedio, Adriantic, Barcelona

2011 KAFCA, Knowledge Against Financial Capitalism, MACBA (Museum of Contemporary Art of Barcelona)in collaboration with SCEPSI – European School for social imagination, Barcelona

2010 Influencers, festival of non-conventional art, guerrilla of communication and radical entertainment, CCCB, Barcelona
Experimental Animation Workshop, by Lourdes Villagomez, CCCB, Barcelona

2009 Between Art & Documentary, workshop with Sally Gutierrez, Fine Arts School, Universitat de Barcelona, Barcelona
iD Barrio. Social creativity, collective action and artistic practices, Capella, Barcelona
Urban Screens, Medialab Prado, Madrid

2007 Representation & Spectator, 3-days Contemporary Art Workshop with Ν. Alexio, Ε. Karamba, S. Bachtsetzis, Ν. Xydakis, cordination by Xenofon Bitsikas, School of Plastic Arts & Art Sciences, University of Ioannina, Ioannina

2006 Workshop with Gary Hill, School of Fine Arts, Universidad Complutense, Madrid

2004 Cinema & Painting: Convergences & Divergences, seminar by Xenophon Bistikas and Christos Dermetzopoulos, School of Plastic Arts & Art Sciences, University of Ioannina

2001-2 Fine Art & Technical Drawing, courses at Tsigkris School, Athens



Photographer, Hans Lucas (2018-today)

Invited Lecturer, Hellenic Centre of Photography, Athens, Greece (2022)

Invited Lecturer, Spèos School of Photography, Paris, France (2021)

Invited Lecturer, Orama Photography Studies, Athens, Greece (2021)

Invited Lecturer, Harris Kontosfyris’ Painting Workshop, Department of  Visual and Applied Arts, University of West Macedonia, Florina (2021)

Curator, Balkans Today. The present of a wounded landscape pop-up photography exhibition in the streets of Exarchia, co-curating with Evi Stamou, 3rd BCK Film Symposium, Athens (2020)

Educator, Participatory Photography Workshop in teenagers from Paidopolis Agia Varvara, for FREON, Athens (2020)

Invited Lecturer, Master of Arts in Photography & Visual Language, AKTO College – Middlesex University, Athens (2020)

Invited Lecturer, Photo-Research seminars by Eleni Mouzakiti, Athens (2020)

Graphic Designer, booklets design for Susan Meiselas’ project Aka Kurdistan presented in the exhibition Mediations at Jeu de Paume, Paris (2018)

Τeacher’s Assistant, Participatory Photography Workshop by Myrto Papadopoulos in collaboration with Save The Children and HCP (Hellenic Centre for Photography) (2017)

Educator, Participatory Creative Workshop in collaboration with KETHEA Mosaic, Athens (2013)

Graphic Designer & Photographer, WHAT IF Design Studio, Athens (2013 – today)

Creative Director, Efhantron Jewelry, Athens (2011 – today)

Junior Graphic Designer, Originarte S.A., Barcelona (2009-2011)

Τeacher’s Assistant, Internship in Painting Department directed by Xenophon Bitsikas, School of Plastic Arts & Art Sciences, University of Ioannina (2007)