Ilias Diamantakos was born in 1986 in Sparta, Lakonia, Hellas, from a family of photographers. He was captured by photography from a very young age with which he finally engaged to. Ever since he was a child he participated in group photo exhibitions and has received excellent reviews and first prizes in artistic photography.
The artistic photographs of Ilias Diamantakos are characteristic; using high-tech techniques along with traditional methods. The outcome of this characteristic technique has ranked him as one of the most promising young photographers in artistic photography’s industry.
He studied in one of the world's leading photography schools, the Academy of Artistic Photography “Leica Academy”.
He has taken classes from prominent artists such as: Takis Develides, Vasilis Makris, Kostas Koroneos, Giannis Behrakis (Reuters), Giorgos Koukos and others. Ilias Diamantakos himself considers his greater teachers Robert Capa and Sebastiao Salgado.
His personal favorite genre of photography is industrial and architectural and as he tends to say that in his photographs he seeks the human's absence.
In the past he had set up a model photography school, where in his spare time used to teach children for free, the techniques and theory of artistic photography. Today he is teaching for free in an artsplace called “ MIKROVIO” in Kalamata. Alongside he teaches in the private school “NEW SCHOOL” in Nafplio.
He has worked for many years as a Military photographer in the Hellenic Army. In the few past years he has been working as a personal photographer of the world-renowned surrealist sculptor Nikos Floros and covers exclusively the artist's exhibitions around the world.
Since 2015 he is co-creator and member of the team 641 SIX FOR ONE PHOTOGRAPHY that approaches sport events in an artistic way. From early 2017 he is the a photographer in the athletic department of National Geographic Greece.
He has collaborated with renowned major international media such as Ant1, Kathimerini, Fashion TV, International Αrt Forum, The New York Times, Itar-tass, Αljazeera, Economist Intelligent Life, The Saint Petersburg Times, Aegian Blue and many others.
Often travels around the world covering photographic subjects that are assigned to him by international media.
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