Sunday, December 1, 2013

Old Epirus in photos

In this era of smartphones, social media, and internet access, it's easy to find photos of modern Greece. Even little Epirus has plenty of her beaches and mountains all over the Web. But it's a little less easy to find photo documentation of "the old days."  And Epirus is even more elusive to the photographers of those earlier times. Here are some photographers whose subject matter -- in Epirus -- I find fascinating. I think you will feel the same.

Fred Boissonnas was actually a Swiss photographer.  His last name looks Greek to me, but I don't know if he had any Greek ancestry.  He travelled to Epirus in the early 1900s and his photos capture that time.These are some of his photos. 

You can read more about him and see more of his work here:

Georgia Metaxas is a photographer in Australia.  She has a whole exhibit of Greek women called, The Mourners.  That seems like an accurate title for that entire generation, including the men. 

  Here are two of her photos:

BUT my absolute favorite is Costas Balafas. 

His photos of Epirus are penetrating. 

Just look at those expressions! True moments of life.

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