KYTHERA PHOTOGRAPHIC ENCOUNTERS
The Kythera Photographic Encounters, now in their fifth year, take place every year between the end of September and the beginning of October. The event, which has become an important date in the Greek photographic calendar, brings together photographers, photographic historians, critics, curators and fans of photography for four to five days of exhibitions, lectures, discussions and socialising. The focus is largely on Greek photography, but efforts are being made to give the Encounters at least partly a more international flavour.
The highlights of the Encounters are the annual two-day Conference on the History of Greek Photography, the only one of its kind in the country, and the Young Photographers’ Conference, a one-day program of lectures and presentations culminating in the opening of the regular exhibition of new work by young Greek photographers. The Kythera Photographic Encounters are organised by the Kythera Cultural Association under the direction of John Stathatos.
KYTHERA PHOTOGRAPHIC ENCOUNTERS 2006
Wednesday 27 September – Sunday 1 October
PROGRAM OF EVENTS
CONFERENCE ON THE HISTORY OF GREEK PHOTOGRAPHY
Friday 29th and Saturday 30th September,
Kythiraikos Syndesmos Hall, Chora
Greece's annual photography conference is an opportunity for both professional and amateur students of Greek photographic history to present aspects of their current research or work in progress. Lectures, which are in Greek, are accompanied by slide or digital visual presentations. Attendance is free, and all are welcome. This year, to the usual program of lectures will be added live presentations by two distinguished contemporary photographers, Eleni Maligoura (Greece) and Susan Trangmar (UK). Susan Trangmar will present “A Question of Distance”, a recent projection/performance piece based on her experiences in the occupied territories of Palestine. Three of the lectures, by Hercules Papaionannou, Kostis Antoniadis and John Stathatos will focus on the related subject of photography’s relationship with history and politics, while Vassilis Kantas will consider the other side of the coin in his lecture on directorial photography and pseudo-documentary narrative. The program also includes lectures by art historian Kostas Ioannidis, photographer Eleni Mouzakiti, Vassiliki Hadjigeorgiou, photography curator of the Hellenic and Literary & Historical Archives (ELIA), and journalist Kostas Liontis..
“I do like to be beside the sea”
Curated by the Kythera Photographic Encounters and drawing on the collection of the distinguished collector Nikos Politis, this new exhibition illustrates the discovery of the seashore by modern Greeks during the period 1910 to 1950. Fascinating, previously unpublished amateur snapshots of bathing beauties, holiday crowds and diners al fresco.
Lambros Logothetis: Antikythera
The wild and mostly unfamiliar island of Antikythera is one of Greece’s most important natural habitats, since it is a major staging point for migratory birds on their way to and from Africa. Lambros Logothetis, a professional wildlife photographer, presents a stunning series of images of the landscape, flora and fauna of Antikythera.
Yiannis Kostaris: Private spaces
The interiors of “everyday people” revealingly photographed in colour by a talented young photographer.
Young Greek Photographers’ Exhibition
Presenting the photographers shortlisted for the new Young Photographers’ Prize.
YOUNG GREEK PHOTOGRAPHERS’ MEETING
During the morning session, the dynamic photographic duo of Nikoletta Zisi and Nikos Alexopoulos, who work together under the name of n squared, will present a special program based on their recent personal and professional work. In the afternoon, Eugene Avgerinos of paper.gr will hold a hands-on seminar on fine-art inkjet photographic printing.
The Milos/Kythera Photographic Encounters Prize is offered annually for the best photographic book published in the Greek language during the preceding twelve months. Sponsored by Milos Ltd., the 2,000 Euro prize is awarded every year at the conclusion of the Conference on the History of Greek Photography. Monographs, critical and historical studies, anthologies and exhibition catalogues are all eligible. The judges begin by selecting between four and five titles from among the books submitted, and the initial shortlist is published in early summer. This year, the judges are the photographer and teacher Nikos Panayotopoulos; Stavros Moressopoulos, director of the Athens Month of Photography; and John Stathatos, artistic director of the Kythera Photographic Encounters.