An architect by training, Julia Anna Gospodarou approaches art photography with as much enthusiasm and passion as for her original profession. She is particularly known for her long-exposure black & white architectural images, but she also explores many other aspects and genres in her photographic work. She dedicates much of her energy and time to these two passions, which she considers to be her principal means of creation.
Through her highly-structured black & white compositions and fine retouching, she skillfully mixes shadows and light to draw lines of buildings in just a stroke. Her minimalist photos, just on the edge of abstract, pay tribute to the buildings by highlighting more than just the architecture: she shows their soul. A supporter of the idea that editing a photo is just as important as taking it, she crosses the boundaries of traditional photography and enters the realm of the imagination, seeking a perfect world that she can express via her images.
To define her style, she has created Visionography, a new word to better capture photography in the digital era: “The art of photography has more to do with the artist’s vision than with the subject or the way in which the subject is captured by the camera. This frees the photographer’s imagination and creativity and gives her the tools to recreate the world in her images.” This concept is reflected in her method of creation, called “Photography Drawing,” which aims to express the interaction between light and objects by applying to photography the rules of classical drawing in black and white.
Julia has received awards several times in some of the most important photography competitions — SWPA, IPA, PX3, IFPA, B&W Spider Awards. Her professional activities include writing books about art photography, teaching, tutoring students in photography, and producing commissioned works.
Her latest work, “From Basics to Fine Art – B&W Photography,” written in collaboration with Joel Tjintjelaar, has been a big success.
Published internationally in numerous books and magazines, her photographic work can also be seen online in most major galleries.
Julia Anna Gospodarou lives in Athens.
Julia Anna Gospodarou and DxO ViewPoint
“DxO ViewPoint 2.5 is one of the best tools that I use in my workflow in black & white architectural photography. I use it to correct the perspective effects in the images I shoot with a wide-angle lens… and sometimes to accentuate them. No other program produces such satisfactory results nor offers that kind of precision in such a rapid and intuitive way. With DxO OpticsPro 10 – whose DxO Smart Lighting and PRIME denoising features I particularly appreciate, along with DxO FilmPack 5, the best software for giving a black & white image an authentic film rendering and grain, DxO Photo Suite is one of the best solutions for art photography. It is a tool without which I would not be able to express my vision in the images that I create.”