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.
John Psaropoulos is an independent journalist based in Athens. He has covered Greece and southeast Europe since the fall of communism. He has been Al Jazeera International’s Greece correspondent since 2012. John holds a BA and MA in Ancient Greek from King’s College London. He cut his teeth in journalism working as a producer for CNN International in Atlanta. From 1999 to 2009 he was Editor-in-chief of the Athens News, Greece’s historic, English-language newspaper. He has written for numerous publications including The Weekly Standard, The American Scholar, The Daily Beast, the Times Literary Supplement and The Washington Post. His personal blog is thenewathenian.com.