Manginas passed away on 10 April, in the morning, in his room at the Phanar. The Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, informed of the sudden death of his close collaborator, performed a memorial service for the rest of his soul immediately after the Divine Liturgy, which he presided from the throne. The funeral service was held on 13 April at noon at the Sisli Cemetery in Istanbul.
Manginas, a native of Constantinople, loved the art of photography from a very young age. Already from his youth, he recorded with his lens the life of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, of the Greek Diaspora, and the daily life on the two shores of the Bosphorus. As a student at Zographeion High School, he participated in a photography competition on the theme of the old city of Constantinople, and won a special prize.
As a young man, he started collaborating with Greek and foreign magazines and newspapers that published his photo reports. For the last 30 years, he has systematically captured the action and work of His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, accompanying him on his pastoral visits around the world.
Those who knew him talked of his exceptional character, and described him as a man of love and trust. He was known for his devotion, effectiveness, and openness to younger generations.
Messages from the Orthodox world were widely shared about his loss during the past days.
His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros, primate of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, posted in social media about Manginas. “You left too soon, Niko, but you will never leave our beloved City and Fanari, nor our Patriarch,” reads the text. “You served them all with exemplary, effective, and sacrificial devotion. Eternal is your memory and example. Your camera’s flash may be extinguished, but your gaze lives on.”