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Acropolis photography exhibition

26 November 2003

An exhibition of photographs documenting the restoration of the Acropolis is on display in the North Cloisters until 12 December 2003.

'Photographs of the Athenian Acropolis: The Restoration Project, 1975-2003' is a joint initiative between UCL's Institute of Archaeology and the Hellenic Foundation for Culture.

The images, shot over a period of a quarter century, were all taken by Socratis Mavrommatis and detail the painstaking work undertaken. The exhibition is organised into four elements: the Acropolis prior to the restoration work beginning; the detailed preparation before work began; the work being carried out; and images of the monuments themselves throughout the various phases.

The photographs on display signal a departure from traditional representations of the Acropolis, as they don't conform to either a fine-art or purely academic record approach. The photographer was conscious that previous photography fell into these two camps and as a result images were either of interest only as works of art or full of information but of no artistic merit. Mavrommatis has attempted to bridge this divide and as a result the exhibition should appeal to both archaeological experts and art-lovers alike.

To find out more about the exhibition use the link below.

Link: Greece in Britain