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Alexandria through the lens of Paris Petridis at HFC Alexandria Branch
Thessaloniki04.03.2011

A “scent” of Alexandria, the renowned port-city of Egypt, which stands out among others in regard to its mentality and history, full of myths of the past and shadows of past glories and civilizations, are presented through the photography exhibition by Paris Petridis, “Of Alexandria…”, to be inaugurated on Thursday March 10th at 8:00 pm. at the Alexandria Branch of the Hellenic Foundation for Culture.

The exhibition is sponsored by the World Council of Hellenes Abroad (SAE) and a private airline company.

Twenty – two photographs, part of a journey of the photographer from Thessaloniki in Egypt, depict in an elaborate artistic manner, places of Greek interest but also parts of the urban structure of Alexandria, where the “cosmopolitan neoclassic past and architectural mid-war trends coexist in contrast with the present cumbersome building blocks, lacking aesthetics”, as the Director of HFC Alexandria, Manolis Maragoulis notes.

Furthermore, the lens of the photographer captures scenes from the deserts within fierce sandstorms, depicting this unique natural phenomenon in high aesthetics.

The shoot was held within the framework of a broader project, funded by Stavros Niarchos Foundation, where Paris Petridis captures places and sites of Greek – and not only – interest in Egypt.

Nonetheless, as the photographer explains to ANAMPA, the exhibition does not exclusively deal with sites of Greek interest, but also with Alexandria the city. “It is always interesting from a photographer’s point of view, when many historical periods coexist. That is when in one look, one simultaneously deals with several historical times”, notes Paris Petridis, in regard to his work in Egypt, which is an ongoing project.

He also does not omit to mention the valuable support he was provided by HFC Alexandria Branch towards the implementation of his project, a small token of which will be presented in Alexandria.

The exhibition will remain open to the public until Saturday 30th of April and will be open from Monday to Thursday, from 10:00 am – 9 pm and 10:00 am – 3:00 pm on Fridays.

Source: ANAMPA

 
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