Thanassis Stavrakis was born in Stockholm in 1973.
He graduated from the School of Study and Practice of Photography (EMEF) in Athens.
He has been working as a photojournalist since August 1992.
Until 1997, he worked for Greek photo agencies in Athens, covering domestic and international news, feature stories, sports and traveling as a correspondent through Greece and abroad.
He worked for the daily newspaper ETHNOS from 1997 to 1999 covering major news stories in Greece and abroad.
He was freelancer for the Greek weekly magazine EPSILON of KYRIAKATIKI ELEFTHEROTYPIA from 1999-2001. During that collaboration he began working for the ASSOCIATED PRESS in Athens as a news photographer.
He has been working with Tachydromos magazine of Ta Nea newspaper since January 2007 until 2010.
The last 16 years for the ASSOCIATED PRESS has been covered dozens major social and sports events around the world. Such as Olympic Games, Soccer World Cups and Euro Championships, World and Euro Basketball tournaments, World Swimming Championships, Formula 1 circuits, riots and clashes in Istanbul. From 2008 covered and editing clashes in Athens, Financial Crisis and the refugee crisis in Greece.
From June 2014 is AP chief photographer responsible for Greece, Cyprus, Albania and FYR Macedonia.
His first individual exhibition came in 2000 with black and white photos of amateur soccer in Greece, which also was published in a book entitled “Amateurs.”The photographs from “Amateurs” were awarded the first national prize in the Sports Photography category of FUJI Film Euro Press Photo Awards’ 1999 competition and first prize in best athletic photography for 1999 by the Hellenic Sports Press Association.
The album Contrasts is a selection of a vast volume of my photographic material between August 1992 and August 2002, material that originates from countless rolls of films and digital files; images that were created during my numerous professional and personal journeys throughout Greece.
In Theathinai we took a look at Athens from on high. Having spent many, many hours in the air over a period of five years (June 2001 to July 2006), we then found ourselves faced with an even tougher task: selecting the best aerial photographs for this album. Aerial images of the Greek capital from the book were on display: in central Athens at the National Gardens along the external fence of Amalias avenue in September-October 2006, at Technopolis cultural center in Gazi from April to June 2008 and Kalamata town between October and November 2008.