I Ellada mesa apo ti Fotografia: 160 Chronia Optikes Martyries (Greece through Photographs: 160 Years of Visual Testimony)

Moschovi, Alexandra, Tsirgialou, Aliki and Asdrahas, Spyros (2007) I Ellada mesa apo ti Fotografia: 160 Chronia Optikes Martyries (Greece through Photographs: 160 Years of Visual Testimony). Melissa Publishing, Athens Greece. ISBN 978960204816

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Abstract

Published in Greek (2007) and English (2009), this volume combines, for the first time, the visualization of the history of modern Greece with the historicization of the country’s photographic history, from the 1850s to the present. A three-year long research project, this publication was commissioned by Melissa Publishing House, one of the most established Greek art and culture publishers internationally, aiming to make available unpublished photographic material. With the expert advice of the international historian, Spyros Asdrahas (Paris I, Panthéon-Sorbonne; Institute for Neohellenic Research) and together with the 19th century specialist, Aliki Tsirgialou (Benaki Museum), Moschovi examined hundreds of images in public archives and private collections in Greece and abroad to select the 350 images of the publication. Bulding on 15 years of expertise in the history of Greek photography, Moschovi’s 12,000-word critical analysis focuses on the history of the representation of politics and the politics of representation itself. This approach bears close methodological affinities to the social history of art model, challenging earlier assumptions that were based on an insular reading of photographic history as an evolution of technologies and aesthetics, and proposing new, bold hypotheses around the status of the photographic document, and thus differentiates this project from other similar projects, such as Tate’s How we Are exhibition and Dutch Eyes: A Critical History of Photography in the Netherlands, presented the same year.

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Additional Information: Elements of this research were expanded and disseminated in: i) Modern Greek Studies lecture series, Hellenic Studies Department, Princeton University, Princeton, U.S.A. (May 2008): “Tales of Urbanity in Contemporary Greek Photography http://www.princeton.edu/hellenic/news/announcement-archives/08may/; ii) Mapping the City, postgraduate course, Hellenic Studies Department, Princeton University, Athens, Greece (June 2009): “Tales of Urbanity in Contemporary Greek Photography” http://www.princeton.edu/hellenic/program-in-greece/the-athens-project/athens-project-2009/ ; iii) Centre for Hellenic Studies and Department of Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies, King’s College, London (June): “Greece as Photograph: Histories, Photographies, Theories” in Greek (Hi)stories Through the Lens: Photographs, Photographers and their Testimonies http://www.kcl.ac.uk/schools/humanities/depts/bmgs/news/greek-histories/keynote.html .
Uncontrolled Keywords: Documentary photography, ethnography, photographic realism, history of Greek Photography, Greek history and politics, cultural geographies
Subjects: Fine Art > Art History
Photography > Digital Imaging
Photography > Documentary Photography
Culture > History and Politics
Divisions:
Faculty of Arts Design and Media > Department of Arts and Design
Depositing User: Alexandra Moschovi
Date Deposited: 28 Feb 2012 15:51
Last Modified: 10 Mar 2017 06:36
URI: http://sure.sunderland.ac.uk/id/eprint/2703

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