Tzeli Hadjidimitriou is a researcher of authenticity, an independent filmmaker, a fine art photographer, and a writer from Lesbos, Greece. She studied the Direction of Photography for the Cinema, in Rome and in Greece she got a certificate in video-montage.

She worked as a stage photographer, cameraman assistant, collaborating with film and photography directors and BBC. She has produced five documentaries about life in Greece, shown in many festivals, with more to come as work in progress

She is the author of six photography books, and four guidebooks to the Greek islands. Her photography work is shown in museums and galleries in Greece and abroad (Athens, Venice, Istanbul, Paris, Beijing, Sydney, Rome).

She holds a degree in Economics from the University of Macedonia and a superior diploma as an official translator of the Italian Language.


Sappho’s Granddaughters (Grannies) 2017

Salt and Bread 2017 (Sound award, Docfest 2018)

In search of Orpheus 2018 (Best Greek documentary award AegeanDocs 2019)

Mr. Dimitris and Mrs. Dimitroula 2019

A land of silence 2019

Sappho singing 2020

Personal statement

I am a photographer, a writer, and a filmmaker, but I am also a researcher of authenticity. I grew up on the Greek island of Lesvos, where ever since I was a young girl I was fascinated by the quality of the light there. But I left, and became a world traveler. I am an artist, moving from one to the other, following my inside need for expression. In my documentaries, I use all my experiences and capacities, aiming to give space and voice to ordinary people, who are not famous or considered extraordinary in any way, but who live their lives in simplicity, outside the daily headlines.