Greek Seas

A Pho­to­graphic Jour­ney in Time

Santorini Traveler - - EDITORIAL -

O ver the cen­turies, the Greek sea - in­ex­tri­ca­bly in­ter­wo­ven with the history of the place and with the life of the in­hab­i­tants - has not ceased to in­spire poets and artists.

Fol­low­ing the in­ven­tion of pho­tog­ra­phy around the mid­dle of the 19th cen­tury up un­til to­day, count­less pho­to­graphs of the Greek sea have added to the rep­re­sen­ta­tions of the same sub­ject in paint­ing. Ports, is­lands, coastal ar­eas, seascapes and scenes from the life of sailors and fish­er­men have been cap­tured both with a view to their doc­u­men­ta­tion and with artis­tic in­ten­tions.

The pho­to­graphs pre­sented are di­vided into four chrono­log­i­cal sec­tions and they in­ves­ti­gate the way in which Greek pho­tog­ra­phers and their for­eign col­leagues who vis­ited or lived in the coun­try for long pe­ri­ods of time, ap­proached and in­ter­preted the Greek seas from the mid-19th cen­tury un­til the late 1970s.

The four sec­tions in­clude:

• The Sea in the 19th cen­tury Pho­tog­ra­phy. An ac­ci­den­tal Pres­ence.

• The Sea as a re­flec­tion of hu­man ac­tiv­ity at the be­gin­ning of the 20th cen­tury. The Magic of the snapshot.

• The Pho­to­graphic De­pic­tion of the Sea in the in­ter­war years. At­tempts at artis­tic ex­pres­sion.

• To­wards the sea land­scape af­ter the war. The Aegean Sea as a rep­re­sen­ta­tion and sense. The ex­hi­bi­tion, with pho­to­graphic ma­te­rial from the Be­naki Mu­seum col­lec­tions, is pre­sented in a video en­ti­tled "Greek Seas- A Pho­to­graphic Jour­ney in Time". It in­cludes a se­lec­tion of pho­tos that were pre­sented at the ex­hi­bi­tion held at the Be­naki Mu­seum- Pi­raeus 138 from 10 Oc­to­ber 2013 to 14 Jan­uary 2014.

You can watch it at the Art & Cul­ture Ex­hi­bi­tion Cen­ter (Ar­rival Level - En­trance 1), at the Athens In­ter­na­tional Air­port. 24hour Free Ac­cess.

Dim­itris Haris­siadisNaf­plio, circa. 1936Be­naki Mu­seum/Pho­to­graphic Archives

Za­harias Stel­lasSy­ros, circa 1970 Be­naki Mu­seum/Pho­to­graphic Archives

Voula Pa­paioan­nouAegina, 1950-1955Be­naki Mu­seum/Pho­to­graphic ArchivesArchivesPho­to­graphic Archives

Mary ParaskevaSy­ros har­bour, circa 1905Be­naki Mu­seum/Pho­to­graphic Archives

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