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The Creative Photograph in Archaeology December 10, 2008

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The Creative Photograph in Archaeology


Benaki Museum, Pireos Street Annexe, Athens


«The exhibition includes photographs that cover the period from 1853 to this day, by photographers: James Robertson, Dimitris Constantinou, William James Stillman, Petros Moraitis, Constantinos Athanassiou, Anton Silberhuber, Frédéric Boissonnas, Walter Hege, Herbert List, Goesta Hellner and Socratis Mavrommatis.
These photographs were selected as being typical examples of each era, and because they describe the photographers’ artistic intent, in conjunction with the usually subjective “reality” of the information recorded.
The exhibition doesn’t examine the historical significance of these photographs, nor the types of materials and media utilised. They are all photographs of Greece, the common work place of those photographers included in the exhibition, and highlight with great clarity their differences, as to artistic approach, but also as to their views on depicting the archaeological topics of each era. The decision was made to reproduce these photographs, rather than to refer to the original prints which are worn by time, so that the viewer can approach each image without being affected by the photographs’ subsequent adventures, solely in order to perceive the photographer’s “eye” behind the camera.»