A total of 8,500 photographers participated in the leading international awards honoring color photography in 2012. Kordakis did not only win the first prize of the contest, but was also presented with an Honorable Mention for a second photo.
The two awarded photographs originate from Kordakis’ series 10,000 American Movies, on which the artist began working in 2009, when he decided to see if he could redefine himself and find a new source of inspiration by wandering in unknown US territories.
The note accompanying the artist’s participation in the 6th Photography Masters Cup Awards reads among others: “On arrival, I just began to drive. I took photographs with no fixed goal, no concrete vision of a project. The retro vehicles, signs, buildings — it all made my heart beat faster. It was so surprising to see actual evidence of these movie images embedded in my brain from films I watched as a young boy. I wanted to capture this landscape as I saw it from my mind’s eye. I soon realized that I was investigating the place that these childhood impressions occupied in my memory. Over the next four years, I returned periodically for months at a time. At the end of my trip, I realized that I was trying to create new memories over old ones. Small towns in Kansas, ghost towns in North Dakota, downtown Las Vegas — I kept thinking of movie directors who passed by these places, got inspired, and said, “Let’s shoot the scene right here!” ”
Kordakis was born in Athens in 1973 and spends his life between Athens and New York. Since 1997 he has been working as a freelance photographer. He has presented his photo exhibitions over the years in various European cities including London, Athens, Paris, Frankfurt am Main and in Los Angeles, USA.