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Nicolas Karakatsanis


NK is a Belgian photographer and an internationally renowned DOP (Director of Photography). His art work is an extension of the original aesthetic of his films.

Born in Antwerp in 1977, NK studied at Sint-Lukas Brussels (film,2001-2003). In 2003 he left for Berlin for a work placement in a post-production company. That same year, at the request of friends of his who were also studying film, he started to work as DOP (Director of Photography) on their student short film projects. This marks the start of his career as a DOP for film and advertising.


At the same time NK used his talent as a photographer and a DOP for his own personal artistic projects. He worked a lot in the music world, making video clipsor taking photos on set. On another level he also produced the album of the rock group, Drums are for parades

(releasing an EP and a full album on his label,Skeleton Ears) and also helped produce the first album of the group, Hickey Underworld.


From 2004 onwards he worked with the painter Michael Borremans, creating artistic videos. In 2005, together with his brother, Dimitri, he published the book, Der Verfall", a graphic overview of the work of the Antwerp artist, Gerard Leysen. In 2006 he made his first feature film,

Small Gods", which he co-produced with his brother, who also directed it. The film was selected for the Venice Film Festival.


He first exhibited his photos with Toon Aert, at the A.L.I.C.E. Gallery in 2007. From 2008 onwards he started publishing

his photos on the blog, « The Skeleton Herald ». In 2010 he had his second exhibition at A.L.I.C.E.


In 2012, the Belgian film, Rundskop, by director Michael Roskam, on which NK collaborated as DOP, was nominated as a contender for the Oscar for the best foreign film. And he just filmed in NY Animal Rescue with Michael Roskam, Tom Hardy, Matthias Schoenaerts and James Gandolfini

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