Fokion Zissiadis was born in Thessaloniki in northern Greece in 1956 and first came into contact with photography while studying architecture in Philadelphia. He returned from the United States to continue the family tradition in tourism and was one of the main shareholders of the renowned Sani Resort in Halkidiki from 1989 to 2016 and Vice President of Sani S.A. Since 2016, he has devoted himself fully to his passion for landscape photography and adventure travel, planning and organising solo photo expeditions to remote destinations of great natural beauty.
His photographic work covers a wide range of geological phenomena and diverse terrains: deserts, glaciers, savannahs, jungles, volcanoes, rivers, oceans, mountains and plateaus. His photographic projects have taken him all over Europe, but also to Iceland, Greenland, Vietnam, Patagonia, Tanzania, Zanzibar, Namibia, Botswana, South Africa, Morocco, Egypt, Israel, Turkey, Oman, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, Argentina, Chile, China, Russia, the United States of America and the Bahamas.
His first book, Iceland, was published by teNeues in February 2016. His second, Vietnam, was published by Rizzoli Publishing in September 2020 and received the National Publication Award from the Vietnamese Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 2021. Greenland is Fokion's third published work. Morocco and South Africa are his current works.
His first solo photographic exhibition was held at the Benaki Museum in Athens in October 2019, titled "Icebergs - From Genesis to Extinction".
Fokion has been married to Mata Tsolozidis since 1979. They have a son, Leonidas, and two grandchildren, Fokion and Dimitris.