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. In 2003 he started to work as DOP.
 
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 clips or 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 Aerts, at the ALICE Gallery in 2007. From 2008 onwards he started publishing his photos on the blog, « The Skeleton Herald ». In 2010 he had his second exhibition in Brussels, at ALICE Gallery.
 
 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.

In 2015 he presented at ALICE Gallery  the exhibition "Ways of Seeing - Episode 1",  a step closer to a redefinition of the genre. He manages to synthesize the subject of photography, the shooting aesthetic, the resulting object and the staging in the gallery space.

Nicolas Karakatsanis - 1977 


EXHIBITIONS 

2015
'WAYS OF SEEING - EPISODE '1, Alice. Gallery, Brussels, BE
'SHAME', Group Show, Museum Dr. Guislain, Ghent, BE
'ON)VOLTOOID VERLEDEN TIJD', Group Show, Universiteitsbibliotheek Leuven, Leuven, BE

2014
'PRIVATE SHELTER', Group Show, curated by Hendrick Tratsaert, Vrijstaat O, Oostende, BE 
'CHROMES', Solo Show organized by Ingrid Deuss at Gert Voorjans, Antwerp, BE
ART BRUSSELS, Contemporary Art Fair with Alice Gallery, Brussels, BE

2013
‘CHROMES’, Solo Show, organized by Ingrid Deuss at VII Gallery, Brooklyn, NY 
‘NICOLAS KARAKATSANIS &  ANDY WARHOL’, VILLA Ingrid Deuss Gallery, Knokke, BE
ART BRUSSELS, Contemporary Art Fair with Alice Gallery, Brussels, BE

2012
'ADJUSTING INFINITY’, Solo Show, Alice Gallery, Brussels, BE 

2010
‘INFERIORS’, Solo Show, Alice Gallery, Brussels, BE

2007
‘NICOLAS KARAKATSANIS & TOON AERTS’, Duo Show – Alice Gallery, Brussels, BE


ART PROJECTS

D.O.P.
- UNTITLED (Lakei), 2010, Commission from Queen Paola for The Royal Palace in      Brussels, project by Michael Borremans
- ONE OF IT ALL, WEIGHT, THE GERMAN , projects by Michael Borremans 
- INNERCOMA, project by Philip Metten
- NOISE OF QUAZAR, project by Phillip Metten


DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY FOR FEATURE FILMS 

2015
TRIPLE NINE, John Hillcoat

2014
WELP, Jonas Govaerts,
THE DROP, Michaël R. Roskam
THE LOFT- Erik Van Looy
VIOLET, Bas Devos

2013
VIOLET, Bas Devos

2011
RUNDSKOP (TÊTE DE BOEUF / BULLHEAD) - Michaël R. Roskam

2009
LOST PERSON AREA, Caroline Strubbe

2008
LINKEROEVER - Pieter Van Hees

2007
SMALL GODS - Dimitri Karakatsanis


SHORT FILMS

2015
NAKED HEARTLAND, Willy Vanderperre

2014
BAG MAN, Johnatan and Josh Baker

2012
PERCFECT DRUG, Toon Aerts

2011
RIVERS RETURN, Joe Vanhoutteghem

2010
THE EXTRAORDINARY LIFE OF ROCKY, Kevin Meul

2009
SIEMIANY, Philip James McGoldrick
A GENTLE CREATURE, Marc James Roels

2008
RUDY 35, Joris Vanden Berk
ABUSED, Jonas Govaerts
PASSAGES, Johann van Gerwen
DAO, Marleen Jonkman
THE CLOSE, Bas Devos

2007
OF CATS & WOMEN, Jonas Govaerts
MONPELAAR, Wim Reygaert, Marc James Roels
0110 VERDRAAGZAAMHEID, Jen Dellaert
ONE (I), Christopher Potter
ONE (II), Serge Mirzabekiantz

2006
DROOMTIJD, Tom Van Avermat

2005
THE ONE THING TO DO, Michaël R. Roskam
FOREVER (II), Jonas Govaerts
MEANDER, Jake Liberge

2004
MOBIUS, Jonas Govaerts 
OH DEAR, Nicolas Provost
ALICE, Thom Vander Beken
LA TRINITE’, Kevin Meul

2003
DEAR JULIA, Isaac E. Gozin

MUSIC VIDEO
D.O.P.

2004-2014 
Amenra, Baloji, Mon-O-Phone, Hickey Underworld, Gabriel Rios, Millow, School is Cool, Novastar, De La Vega, Hollywood Pornstars, An Pierle, Part Chimp, Skeemz, THU, Beth Gibbons, Kaiser Chiefs, SOON

Director

2006
“Seranade The City”, Soon
“Mystery Bruise”, Hickey Underworld

2004
“When The Lights Go Down On The Broken Hearted”, Novastar


AWARDS

2014
- AFI FEST
 Grand Jury Prize - Special Mention  Best Cinematography for VIOLET

2012
-MAGRITTE AWARDS, BELGIUM
 Nominated Magritte Award for Best Cinematography for Rundskop

2010
- BRUSSELS SHORT FILM FESTIVAL, 
  Best Cinematography for SIEMIANY
- CLERMONT_FERRAND INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM FESTIVAL, 
  Nominated for  Best Cinematography for SIEMIANY

2009
- CAMERIMAGE,
  Nominated for Best Cinematography in a Music Video 
   “Blonde Fire”, Hickey Underworld

2006
- AMERICA INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM FESTIVAL, 
  Best Cinematography for MEANDER