Nikos Economopoulos (born 1953) is a Greek photographer known for his photography of the Balkans and of Greece in particular. He studied law in Parma, Italy, and worked as a journalist for Greek daily papers and magazines for many years. He began taking photographs in 1979, and until 1988 practiced photography as an amateur. He abandoned journalism in that year to devote himself to photography and for the next two years traveled through Greece and Turkey taking pictures. In 1990 he joined Magnum, and his photographs began to appear in newspapers and magazines around the world. In the same year he started to take photographs in the rest of the Balkans (Albania, Bulgaria, Romania, former Yugoslavia), which led to his receiving the "Mother Jones Award" (San Francisco, CA) for work in progress. The year 1994 brought full membership of Magnum Photos and the completion of his Balkan project. His book "In the Balkans" was published in 1995 in New York. (Abrams) and Athens (Libro). Other projects have included "Poverty and Exclusion in Europe", commissioned by "Les Petit Frères des Pauvres", for which he photographed the gypsies of Greece in 1994. In 1995 he was commissioned to photograph the lignite miners and the Muslim minority in Greece, and the city of Tokyo. He also photographed in Israel, Moldavia, the Arab Emirates, Spain, and Serbia. In 1997 he photographed the inhabitants of the "Green Line" in Cyprus, the illegal emigrants on the Greek-Albanian borderline, and the young people in the city of Tokyo. At the same time he worked in Macedonia, Albania, Turkey, Corsica, and the Greek-Turkish borderline. In 1999 he covered the mass escape of the Albanians from Kosovo and photographed in the Czech Republic, France, Scotland and Istanbul. In 2000 he completed a book project commissioned by the University of the Aegean for which he photographed about 70 story tellers in 25 Aegean islands. He also started photographing again in Turkey for the purpose of completing a long-term personal project on the country which he is going on with for the last 15 years.