About this web site
To the friends of good and creative photography I would like to say a few words about the reason for the existence of this web site.
Ο Evangelos Demetriades was my mother's brother and an enthusiastic amateur photographer. During my teenage years, he introduced me to the art of creative photography and the darkroom. Although I explored it for several years, I never quite reached the level of my teacher. But I inherited his photographic archive, which consists of several dozen large-size printed photographs, several of which were exhibited internationally at the time, but also all of his films, carefully organized and sorted: 70 films of 35mm size and 410 films of 6×6 size, i.e. a total of almost 7500 photos
I had already seen some of his photos and considered them beautiful. When I could not find them among the prints, I considered looking for them in the negatives and scanning them. While searching for the negatives however, I found myself in front of a photographic wealth, so I decided to examine them, one by one, and digitize the photos that I thought were the best to save them from deteriorating. This process took several months and its fruit are the photos included on this website. At this point I would like to thank my friend Mr. Michalis Noussis, who lent me his film scanner for 6×6 format and made digitizing most of the photos possible.
Κατά την επεξεργασία των φωτογραφιών στον υπολογιστή μετά την ψηφιοποίηση, προσπάθησα να φέρω όσες από αυτές ήταν τυπωμένες σε χαρτί κατά το δυνατόν πιο κοντά στο πρωτότυπο σε όλα τα χαρακτηριστικά τους: το καδράρισμα, την φωτεινότητα, το κοντράστ κλπ. Τις υπόλοιπες τις διαμόρφωσα σύμφωνα με τη δική μου φωτογραφική οπτική, που θέλω να πιστεύω ότι είναι κοντινή με εκείνη του θείου μου. Διατήρησα τους πρωτότυπους τίτλους σε όσες φωτογραφίες είχαν. Επειδή οι τίτλοι ήταν συνήθως στα γαλλικά εξαιτίας της αποστολής τους σε διεθνείς εκθέσεις, προσέθεσα τη μετάφρασή τους. Σε όσες δεν είχαν τίτλους, έβαλα δικούς μου (σημειώνονται με αστεράκι). Τέλος, σε όσες φωτογραφίες είχαν αναρτηθεί σε τοπικές ή διεθνείς εκθέσεις, σημειώνεται η λίστα των χωρών που τις φιλοξένησαν.
As you will see, the photographs of E. Demetriades cover a large part of life's manifestations: images of nature and the sea, street scenes, portraits, travel photographs but also photographs of travelers, depictions of people at work, humorous images , “still lives”, even photos made entirely or partially in the darkroom, long before photoshop.
Regarding the photographic art of E. Demetriadis, I would like to submit only two thoughts. The first is that through the total of his work, the differences between his time and ours are evident in the eyes of us modern people. The choice of subjects and the way they were photographed highlight a more romantic era, when values and life attitudes such as love, contemplation, compassion and support for the weak and elderly, respect for hard workers, were more acceptable and perhaps self-evident compared to our much harsher, individualistic and cynical age. On the other hand, humoristic photos making fun of a person's look, such as that of a very fat man on a beach (which was his most popular photo based on the number of exhibitions!) would be out of place in our age which is much more sensitive to issues of individual rights and protective of diversity. In the photographs of E. Demetriadis there is also to a limited extent the element of picturesqueness, which accompanied the need for the development of tourism in Greece in the 1960s but is considered outdated today.
The second thought is that there is no doubt in my opinion that the center of attention of the lens of E. Demetriades, in the great majority of his works, is the human being. The human being as the specific person on whom the lens zooms in to highlight her emotions or state of mind through her expression and gaze. Or the hard worker to whose toil he wants to direct our attention. Or the human figure that appears so small between two huge ancient pillars. Or even the human being as an absence, guessed at through an abandoned combat boot in the window of a ruined house.
In any case, the photos of E. Demetriades are beautiful, they have power and a wonderful black and white atmosphere. I hope you like them as much as I do!
Ioannis K. Fertakis