Dimitri Mellos

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Location: New York City
Nationality: Greek
Biography: Dimitri Mellos was born in Athens, Greece, but since 2005 has been living in New York City. He studied philosophy and psychology. As a child, he used to walk around with an old Kodak Instamatic camera (with no film loaded), pretending to be... MORE
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Copyright Dimitri Mellos 2024
Date of Work Dec 1969 - Ongoing
Updated Apr 2017
Location New York City
Topics Children, Community, Documentary, Emotion, Faith, Family, Immigration, Islam, Joy, Latin America, Migration, Minority, Photography, Photojournalism, Street

As a fairly recent immigrant to the US myself, the delicate integration of dual (or multiple) identities that most immigrants to this country engage in on a daily basis has long fascinated me. Several years ago I started documenting the outward expression of people's specific national identities as well as of their common American one, as manifested through the parades and other events of the various ethnic and immigrant communities of New York.

At this time more than ever, I feel it is not just important but in fact of almost existential significance for the continuation of this nation as we know it to affirm, celebrate, and explore our diversity as well as our common identity as Americans, and to make sure we never forget that almost everyone in this country comes from a lineage of immigrants.

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