The Archaeological Society presents the tribute to the American photographer Robert McCabe entitled “CHRONOGRAPHY – Exhibition for 180 years (1837 – 2017) of the Archaeological Society” at its headquarters, on Panepistimiou Street.
The exhibition includes 53 black and white drapes mainly from 1954 – 55 in areas of intense archaeological interest such as the Acropolis, Ancient Agora, Sounio, Knossos, Santorini, Mycenae, Epidaurus, Delos, and others.
The aim is to highlight the time-consuming role of the Archaeological Society as a determining institution for shaping our national self-knowledge. The company was founded for a few years after the creation of the modern Greek state and remains to this day a valuable guardian of the intangible cultural heritage and of our monuments.
During the tour, there will be guided tours by the photographer, journalists Katerina Lymperopylon and Marmarita Pournara, as well as a lively discussion with Robert McCabe on the unique experiences of the photographer in his first travel to post-war Greece. The dates will be announced in the near future.
As stated by the Secretary-General of the Archaeological Society, Vasilios Petrakos in his introductory note on the exhibition and the accompanying publication: “The Archaeological Society celebrated its 180th anniversary that the best way was to celebrate the monuments themselves, as he saw, decades ago, the artistic look of a new one by Robert McCabe . His art brings us back to the old Greece when the light was stronger, clearer, and the monuments seemed unprecedented. ”
The photographer himself, who has been distributing since the 1950s and his life between the USA and Greece, distinguishes the Archaeological Society as the state institution with the greatest gravity for the Greeks in shaping their national consciousness. In this parameter also depends on the role of photography. In 1837 when the Company was founded, the photo took its first steps. Since then this art has been one of the best “tools” for stamping and documenting the archeology science.
The acquaintance of Robert McCabe with Greece
American photographer Robert McCabe was a student at Princeton University when he first visited Greece in the summer of 1954. People, monuments and landscapes exerted such magnetism on the young man’s sight, visiting the most inaccessible places, using every means of transport. The following year, he returned to continue his exploration of a pure country – mass tourism was not yet there – with people who are hospitable and frugal.
Excavations, temples, ancient walls, castles, theaters were captured by the lens in the foreground, with background cities, islands, and villages that look very different today. These downloads are now evidence, both visually and mentally. They enlisted the enormous an
impression that was provoked by Greece at that time to a young American who loved history and knew a country poor but untouched by “development”. From this rich pool of white and black photographs, mainly from 1954-55, McCabe chooses 53 images as a journey through time, Wishing to commemorate the work of the Archaeological Society of Athens, which ended 180 years of supply at the site us.
This is a comprehensive and elegant presentation that takes the viewer to Santorini before the earthquake in 1956, in Epidaurus before the restoration of the ancient theater and the ancient market of Athens before its full recovery from the ground.