The photographs of this book entitled “Ganian” were taken in the former horse-track of Faliro in Athens, Greece during the years of 1985 and 1986.
The book took its name from the humble and omnipresent magazine with the daily racing forms.
I was not interested in photographing the races, the horses and the jockeys but rather it intrigued me to capture the faces of the bettors and the metamorphosis that occurs to them during the horse-races.
All the excitement and the hope of watching the race, the anger and the dismay after the race is over and the deep contemplation while studying the race-card for the next bet, when for a moment, everyone of them becomes an island in the midst of the crowd.
I was born in Zakynthos Greece in 1962 and became infatuated with photography in 1982 after discovering the photographs of Henri Cartier-Bresson. I studied documentary photography in the Focus Photography School in Athens even though I consider myself primarily self-taught with a little help from my friends and my precious photobook library. My photos reflect locales visited in Greece and other Mediterranean countries where I feel equally at home. They have been exhibited in group and solo exhibitions and published in Greek and foreign magazines and various on-line venues, including Geotropio, Epsilon, Shot, Burn magazine, Radiate and Aubade. I am a founding member of the international photography collective Burn My Eye and a contributing photographer of the Millennium photo agency. http://www.zisiskardianos.gr http://ziskar.tumblr.com/ http://www.burnmyeye.org firstname.lastname@example.org