Constantine Manos was born in 1934 in South Carolina to Greek immigrant parents. His photographic career began when he was thirteen, in the school camera club, and within a few years he was a professional photographer. At the age of nineteen he was hired as the official photographer of the Boston Symphony Orchestra at Tanglewood. During this time he attended the University of South Carolina, graduating in 1955 with a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature. After military service, he moved to New York, where he worked for Esquire, Life and Look. His book Portrait of a Symphony, on the Boston Symphony Orchestra, was published in 1961. For the next three years, he lived in Greece, producing work that resulted in A Greek Portfolio, first published in 1972 and again in 1999, accompanied by a major exhibition at the Benaki Museum in Athens.
In 1963 Constantine Manos joined Magnum Photos. His book Bostonians, which celebrates the people of that city, was published in 1974. He has published the following books: Portrait of a Symphony, Basic Books, USA (1961); A Greek Portfolio, Studio Book/Viking Press, USA; W.W. Norton, USA (1972/1999); Suite Grecque, Le Chêne, France (1972); Where's Boston?, Cambridge Seven Associates, USA (1975); Bostonians, Cambridge Seven Associates, USA (1975); American Color, W.W. Norton, USA (1995); and Portrait of a Symphony 1960-2000, Boston Symphony Orchestra, USA (2000). He received the following awards: New York Art Directors' Award (1966); Arles Award at the Leipzig Book Fair (1972); and Leica Medal of Excellence (2003).
Constantine Manos has presented the following exhibitions: American Color, Southeast Museum of Photography, Daytona Beach, USA (1994); American Color, Chrysler Museum of Art in Norfolk, Virginia, USA; Leica Gallery, New York, USA (1995); and A Greek Portfolio, Benaki Museum, Athens, Greece (1999). Artworks by Constantine Manos are kept at the following public collections: The American College of Greece, Athens; Art Institute of Chicago; Benaki Museum, Athens; Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris; Chrysler Museum, Norfolk; George Eastman House, Rochester; High Museum of Art, Atlanta; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; and Museum of Modern Art, New York; and Southeast Museum of Photography, Daytona Beach.
Constantine Manos currently lives and works in New York, USA.