Iakovos Hatzistavrou was born in 1966, in Athens, Greece.
Since 1987 he works as a professional photographer and photojournalist and has covered the news for hundreds of Greek and international print media. He has also been working on feature stories and documentary as a freelancer. For his photographic projects he travels mostly in Europe, Balkans and Middle east and focuses exclusively on the human being.
He has collaborated with many Greek and international newspapers and magazines as well as governmental agencies.
His work has been widely published in Greece and abroad. National Geographic magazine/Greek edition and abroad and Traveler, "Le Monde", "VSD", "Newsweek", "Ver.di publik ", "Vimagazino", "Epsilon" are only a few to mention.
In 2011 and 2015, he have received honorable mentions from IPA and Px3 for his works "Drug addicts in Athens" and "Missing persons in Cyprus"
The last few years, due to the difficult economic and social circumstances, he works mainly in Greece and focuses his interest on vulnerable social groups that face daily problems of survival: People with special needs, drug addicts, homeless, Roma, patients in institutions, immigrants, refugees, people living below the poverty line and newly poor.
He also cooperates as a photographer with NGOs and institutions in Greece and abroad. The last two years, as a photographer of the NGO "Klimaka", he is actively involved in activities that aim at making available mental health services and also at the implementation of social integration of vulnerable groups.
From October of 2012 he split his basis between Greece and Cyprus for his human interest projects, covering feature stories and news for magazines and newspapers and he is a correspondent for the National Geographic/Greek edition on issues having to do with the environment and Geography in Cyprus and he is working with AFP covering issues matters in Cyprus.
He producing and directing a documentary film about "Homeless people in Greece"