This collection aspires to reassemble, with the help of rare photographic material, the oldest
images of the city of Athens from the mid-19th century to the first years following WWII. Many iconic Athenian buildings, long since displaced from the center of interest, now claim a place in the memory of viewers and help them to mentally reproduce the older form of the city, as its inhabitants and its visitors experienced it in the past.

Modern Athens is a particular example of urban development. History showed a certain respect, and the city did not sustain destruction from earthquakes or battles, as did many other cities both within and outside Greece. Some neighborhoods escaped systematic reconstruction and today constitute a breath of fresh air in the dense urban web of the city.

The collection is enriched with panoramic views of Athens in large format, old cameras and stereoscopes, two of which are amazing apparatus of the time that allow the visitor to look at fifty photographs by turning a lever.
Original Works

Over 120 framed photos.

Highlights

Including more than one hundred and twenty authentic photographs, some of which date to the beginnings of the photographic art. The collection is enriched with panoramic views of Athens in large format, old cameras and stereoscopes, two of which are amazing apparatus of the time that allow the visitor to look at fifty photographs by turning a lever.

Exhibition Materials

High resolution images, captions, wall texts.

Display

140 linear meters (420 linear feet).

Exhibition Catalogue

Metamorphoses of Athens. A photographic itinerary from the 19th to the 20th century (H.Yiakoumis, Tasos A. Andreou, published by Kallimages, Paris 2014)

Faces of Athens from the 19th to the 20th century, 1855-1960 (V.Mavroeidakou, H.Yiakoumis, published by Kallimages, Paris 2015).

Selected Works