BIOGRAPHY

Stavros Messinis is a multi-award-winning photographer, publisher, and poet. He studied photography and journalism in Greece and Australia, and he is the founder and editor of the art book publishing house M-Art Books.

His work has been exhibited in solo and group shows. His photobook Dream State won the ”2018 Best Photobook Design Award” at the “CCP Salon 2018″ of the Centre for Contemporary Photography (Australia), and it was a finalist in ”2018 Australia and New Zealand Photobook Award”.

The Dream State was exhibited at photo festivals in Australia, New Zealand, Turkey, and India. He recently published three photobooks: The Scream, Rebirth, and Sovereign Sun.

Stavros’s photopoetic composition Iland received the Second Prize in the 2022 Australian Photobook Award Pre-press Digital Student category.

EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE

 

  • Organiser of the 2023 Book Fair @ The Greek Centre for Contemporary Culture, Melbourne

  • 2018 – Founder and Editor of M-ART Books
  • 2020-2022 Master of Fine Arts – Photography, Photography Studies College, Melbourne

  • 2016 – 2019 Photography Studies College – Advanced Diploma in Photography 

  • 1989 Victoria College – Bachelor of Arts (1989)

  • 1980 School of Professional Journalism, Athens, Greece

  • 1980 – Worked in Athens and Melbourne as a journalist, editor, photojournalist, book publisher, Graphic/Digital Designer, and specialist in newspaper, magazine, and book designing

EXHIBITIONS
  • 2022 PHOTO 2022, Photobook Weekend, Photography Studies College

  • 2022 ILAND, Greek Centre for Contemporary Culture

  • 2021 Equinox, Steps Gallery, Group Exhibition

  • 2020 CLIP AWARD online exhibition, Perth Centre for Photography

  • 2019 Poetics, Solo Exhibitiion, Brunswick Street Gallery

  • 2019 Sovereign Sun, Fifty Squared Art Prize, Brunswick Street Gallery, Group exhibition

  • 2019, CCP Salon 2019, Centre for Contemporary Photography, Group Exhibition

  • 2019 The Change, Southbank Gallery, PSC group Exhibition

  • 2019 All Paradise is not Love, Southbank Gallery, PSC Group Exhibition

  • 2018 Sovereign Sun, Steps Gallery, Solo exhibition,

  • 2018 CCP Salon 2018, Centre of Contemporary Photography, Group exhibition

  • 2017 Poetics: Mediated Memories, Four at Steps – Solo exhibition

  • 2017 Antipodean Palette, Steps Gallery, Group exhibition

  • 2017 CCP Salon 2017, Centre of Contemporary Photography, Group exhibition

  • 2017 Poetics: Mediated Memories, West End Art Space

AWARDS

 

  • 2022 Semi-finalist, CLIP Award, Perth Centre for Photography.

  • 2022 Second Prize, Pre-press (Digital) Student, 2022 Australian Photobook Awards for the photopoetic composition Iland

  • 2022 Finalist for 2022 Australian Photobook Awards for the photopoetic composition Iland.

  • 2020 Finalist, CLIP Award, Contemporary Landscapes in Photography, Perth Centre for Photography.

  • 2019 Second Prize, Fifty Squared Art prize, Brunswick Street Gallery, for Sovereign Sun IX

  • 2019 The Mono Awards 2019, Commended Places for the image Angst IX, Australian Photography and Capture magazines

  • 2018 Finalist, Australia and New Zealand Photobook Award for the book Dream State

  • 2018 Best Photobook Design Award for the photographic composition Dream State, CCP Salon 2018, Centre for Contemporary Photography

  • 2001 Award for Best news website (TGA NEWS) for the Hellenes living abroad by the Hellenic Ministry of Press. Award was presented by former President of the Hellenic Republic Kostis Stephanopoulos

  • 1988 Co-editor of the bilingual anthology “Reflections – Selected Works from the Greek Australian Literature” which was funded by the Australian Bicentennial Authority to celebrate Australia’s Bicentenary (Book was presented in Sydney by the former Prime Minister G. Whitlam)

BOOKS & ZINES
  • 2022 Iland (Collector’s edition of 20 handmade copies with Iland-Metamorphosis photobook and two archival pigment prints)

  • 2022 Dream State (Second updated edition of 20 numbered and signed copies with two archival pigment prints)

  • 2022 The Scream (Second updated edition of 20 numbered and signed copies with two archival pigment prints)

  • 2022 Sovereign Sun (Second edition of 100 numbered and signed copies with two archival pigment prints)

  • 2022 Rebirth (Second updated edition of 50 numbered and signed copies with two archival pigment prints)

  • 2022 Photopoetics #005 (Limited edition zine of 50 copies, M-Art Books)

  • 2020 Photopoetics 004 (Limited edition zine of 50 copies, M-Art Books)

  • 2020 Photopoetics 003 (Limited edition zine of 150 copies, M-Art Books)

  • 2020 Rebirth (Limited edition of 100 copies, Photobook, M-Art Books)

  • 2019 Photopoetics 002 (Limited edition zine of 50 copies, M-Art Books)

  • 2019 Photopoetics 001 (Limited edition zine of 50 copies, M-Art Books)

  • 2019 The Scream (Limited edition of 100 copies, Photobook, M-Art Books)

  • 2018 Dream State (Limited edition of 50 numbered and signed copies, Photobook, M-ART Books)

  • 2018 Sovereign Sun (Limited edition of 50 numbered and signed copies, Photobook, M-ART Books)

  • 2017 Poetics: Mediated Memories (2017, Photobook, M-ART Books)

  • 1988 Reflections – Selected Works from Greek-Australian Literature (Elikia Books), Bilingual Anthology (English & Greek), edited by Stavros Messinis and T. Spilias.

  • 2016 To Spiti ton Yakinthon (Poetry, Greek)

  • 2015 Kaleidoscopio I (Poetry, Greek)

  • 2014 Dentropolis (Poetry, Greek, Second Edition)

  • 2014 Ear to Proto (Poetry, Greek, Second Edition)

  • 2014 Ora Miden (Poetry, Greek, Second Edition)

MEMBERSHIP

 

  • Organising Committee of the Book Fair 2022 at the Greek Centre for Contemporary Culture, Melbourne

  • Organising Committee of the annual Antipodean Palette Art Exhibition

  • Australian Institute of Professional Photography

  • Centre for Contemporary Photography (Melbourne)

  • Perth Centre for Photography

  • Administrative Committee of the Greek-Australian Cultural League of Melbourne

  • Organising Committee of the Greek History and Culture Seminars of the Greek Community of Melbourne

  • Organising Committee of the Writer’s Festival organised by the Greek Centre for Contemporary Culture, Melbourne