ARIS GEORGIOU, ...imon progonon...

ARIS GEORGIOU, "...imon progonon..."

Black and white photographs 1987-1990. Photographs from eight archaelogical sites: Athens, Delphi, Delos, Dion, Epidaurus, Thasos, Knossos, Samothrace. Macedonia - Thrace Bank, Thessaloniki, 1990. (Bilingual, greek-english). Texts by Antonis Anezinis, Dimitris Pantermalis, Demosthenes Agrafiotis, Aris Georgiou. 120 pages, 98 duo-tone photographs, 27x27cm., hard cover.



From the periodical Foto Pratica, No 278, Milan, February 1993

Our ancient forebears, those who are referred to in the title of ".. ημών προγόνων...”, are the ancient Greeks. This book of photographs by the Greek architect and photographer, Aris Georgiou, deliberately harks back to a past age — and what an age! — but it also develops a meditation — a visual meditation, in fact — on a past which is experienced, studied and consumed in the present. It is a book of very fine black-and-white archaeological photographs taken between 1987 and 1990 at Delphi, Dion, Delos, Epidaurus, Thasos, Knossos, Athens, and Samothrace. But it is also a book of photographs which asks the attentive observer a number of questions relating to how difficult and complicated for the ordinary viewer may be the photographic representation of a group of archaeological sites. How should one approach these photographs?



Preface to the book ARIS GEORGIOU, "...IMON PROGONON...",
Black and white photographs 1987-1990,

Macedonia Thrace Bank , Thessaloniki 1990

The archaeologist, besides collecting, studying and analysing the material remains of past civilisations, also contributes to man’s continuing endeavour to come face to face with his ancestors from the distant past, in all their transformations. The surviving monuments and artefacts are not of concern to archaeologists alone. Geographers, architects, collectors, illicit dealers, tourists, painters and photographers all play their part, each group with its own aims and practices. In the realm of photography, the tradition of photographing monuments goes back to the very beginnings of the art. Greece and Egypt have a special place in this field, since the first photographic expeditions headed straight for these two cradles of civilisation. Although the scope, style and technique of photographing monuments and archaeological sites have since changed, nowadays this practice has come to constitute standard procedure and part of the archaeologist’s duties.