why i love Costas Balafas.


Costas Balafas is one of the most important Greek photographers, and his depiction of rural life, World War 2, and the civil war have not only documented some of the most important periods in modern Greek history but are also stunnign example of photojournalism and art. He was born in 1920 in a small mountain village in Western Greece and as a child moved to Athens to work. His first contact with the camera, a Kodak Brownie, was at the age of 13, when his boss took him along on a trip so he could take tourist photos of the boss and his american relatives. Aquiring a camera became his dream, which was fulfiled a few years later, after lots of saving. Next, while studying in Italy, a friend taught him to use the darkroom. After being active through many years, and incredible situations he died in 2011.

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Author: summer

I study Art History at the LMU Munich. I am interested in early Christian and Byzantine art and also in Islamic and Medieval art and architecture.

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