Friday, July 3, 2015

While written sources on the history of Greece have been studied extensively, no systematic attempt has been made to examine photography as an important cultural and material process. This is surprising, given that Modern Greece and photography are practically peers: both are cultural products of the 1830s, and both actively converse with modernity.

A new publication fills this void: Camera Graeca: Photographs, Narratives, Materialities, edited by Philip Carabott and Eleni Papargyriou, both at King's College London, UK and Yannis Hamilakis, University of Southampton, UK. The book is divided into four, tightly integrated parts: 'Imag(in)ing Greece', 'Photographic narratives, alternative histories', 'Photographic matter-realities', and 'Photographic ethnographies'.