Most photographers I know have a need to be recognized for their work. And the most frequent question I hear is “how do I publish a book?”
Our guest today is Niko J. Kallianiotis, a native of Greece, who has lived and worked in Scranton, Pennsylvania for many years. This week he will be releasing his first book, a monograph, titled America in a Trance. It chronicles the people and places throughout the state of Pennsylvania.
This subject is near and dear to my heart because I grew up in the hills Western Pennsylvania and Eastern Ohio near the potteries, Coal fields and steel mills. And during my lifetime I witnessed the decline of the steel industry leaving behind empty houses, unemployment and opioid addiction.
But people who remain are still hard-working proud and extremely hospitable whether you share their political beliefs, football passion for skin color.
The mountains and rivers and hiking trails throughout this rugged state are beautiful. But the towns that lie between them can often be viewed as sad and depressing to those passing through. Many of these towns are far from beautiful but they offer the some interesting photographic opportunities to the photographer who is willing to spend the time and get to know the people.
One such Explorer is Niko. Although he has lived in eastern Pennsylvania for many years, as a Greek immigrant, he still feels like an outsider.
When I learned of his new book, I wondered if this “foreigner” would understand and accurately capture the soul of this unusual and unique part of our country. After seeing his photos, I can say he certainly did. And I encourage you to see it for yourself.