Athens Photo Festival 2015

Athens Photo Festive is a leading international festival of photography taking place every year in Athens, Greece. The Festival’s theme this year was under the title “Reframe Memory”connecting the individual and collective memory.

There were many photographers from all over the world. I was particularly impressed by ADI NES (http://www.artnet.com/artists/adi-nes/biography), a photographer from Israel who presented his work BIBLICAL STORIES.

His main characters in this work are homeless people, people with lost identity. Each of his subjects is based on a story from the Bible. It is impressive how he treated the human subject, as is he is a new Caravaggio.

The photographer commented on his work that “In the new series, I deal with people whose identity is being erased by society, by economic and social forms of integration taking place both in Israel and all over the world.”

Bill Horrigan from Wexner Center for the Arts (The Ohio State University) wrote Nes produced the Biblical Stories through painstaking preproduction, as though doing a film: he casts nonactors, scouts locations, determines costume and production design, and then photographs the resulting fully staged tableaux. (source:http://www.adines.com/content/wexner_center_for_the_arts_brochure.htm)

I have no comments on the presentation. The pictures were very powerful and their size was appropriate for such an exhibition.

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Saul & Samuel

Saul & Samuel adi-nes

Jacob & Esau

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Hagar

The next impressive photo was the following of a young girl that her gaze could hypnotise you. Presented by DEVIL’s DEN a collaboration by two photographers HARRY GRIFFIN & EVA O’ LEARY. The rest of the work did not touch me but it was very interesting to see how a single photo can be so powerful and manifest itself at an exhibition hall. The composition is plain but the intensity of the eyes is really strong.

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There was also a photo book show, an exhibition dedicated to the form of book. Artistic and individual publishers were welcome to submit their book. The selected books were displayed during the Festival and the audience could touch and go through them. It was very interesting and I could see the increasing importance of the photo book in the contemporary photographic practice.

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