Taking a photo tour of Greece, or at least parts of it

GreekChurchHello out there in Godbeat land. Anybody home?

I ask this because I want to post something that will take a minute or two of your time. A few clicks of the mouse even.

We are not the most high-tech of blogs, but Doug and I have noticed that interesting things are happening in the online multi-media world. The concept of online slide shows is especially interesting to me, since I love photojournalism in all its forms.

Which meant that I have enjoyed the trailblazing work of the Washington Post in its Camera Works division and I have been clicking my way into the current New York Times efforts to capture the spirit of Greece in the weeks leading up to the Olympics. It’s a journey worth taking.

Start with this one: “Photographers’ Journal: A Journey Through Greece.” The text that went with this said simply:

The Magnum Photos cooperative set out to capture a portrait of Greece to mark the 2004 Summer Olympic Games. The work of six photographers, as well as audio interviews with the shooters, is featured in this presentation.

As you may remember, I was in Greece a few weeks ago myself. So I thought it was interesting to note certain differences in the work of these photographers.

Visit the site and look through the slide shows. Then let me ask: Am I the only person who notices any differences — statistically speaking — of these photos? Does it seem to you that the Greece visited by Mark Power, Carl De Keyzer, Alex Webb and Patrick Zachmann was a radically different place than that visited by Constantine Manos (of South Carolina, of all places) and Nikos Economopoulos?

Just asking. Look for yourself. And, by the way, the photograph attached to this blog item has nothing to do with the subject at hand.

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Terry Mattingly directs the Washington Journalism Center at the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities. He writes a weekly column for the Universal Syndicate.

  • http://janvbear.blogspot.com Jan Bear

    The difference really sank in when I realized that Patricia Zachmann’s photos could have been taken in Baton Rouge, Louisiana (maybe New Orleans).

    The photographers certainly brought their various interests and perspectives to the project, as well as what they’re looking for and their understanding of the culture.

    Constantine Manos may be from South Carolina, but his name tells me he’s got more than a passing connection to Greece. His photos seem to confirm it.

  • Joan O.

    Thank you. That was GREAT!

    It’s good to look at culture without having to invest oneself in it every once in a while!

    God Bless.

  • Peter Frank

    That’s easy, almost no churches in most of the photos. My experience in Greece is that taking pictures without churches or chapels in them would take a conscious decision, there are so dang many of them…

  • Gregory

    I agree, Peter. I am an American of half-Greek descent, and my experience has been that the Orthodox faith is inextricably linked to modern Greek culture — there’s no way to accurately portray modern Greek society without mentioning the faith.


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