Constantine Manos



Constantine Manos was born in Columbia, South Carolina, of Greek parents, and began his photographic career in the junior high school camera club. At the age of nineteen, while a student at the University of South Carolina, he was hired as the official photographer of the Boston Symphony at its summer home at Tanglewood. His first book, Portrait of a Symphony, was an outgrowth of this assignment.

After receiving his B.A. in literature from the University, Manos served in the US Army as a staff photographer on the Stars and Stripes in Germany. Completing his military service he moved to New York City and did assignment for Life, Esquire, Cornoet, and other magazines. In 1961 he moved to Greece, where he made the photographs for his book A Greek Portfolio, which won awards at Arles and Leipzig. In 1963 he joined the international picture agency Magnum Photos, Inc. He was the principal photographer for the book on Athens in the Time-Life series, Great Cities of the World.

In 1966 his pictures of the funeral of a black soldier killed in Vietnam were published in Look magazine and won a New York City Art Directors Award. His book Bostonians, published in 1975, was part of a major project he completed to celebrate the American Bicentennial in Boston, where he has lived since 1964.

Manos’ work is in the permanent collections of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, The Museum of Modern Art in New York, The Art Institute of Chicago, the Southeast Museum of Photography in Florida, the Bibliotheque Nationale in Paris, and The Chrysler Museum of Art in Norfolk, Virginia. - (Biography from American Color)