In the exhibition is presented a series of works of the historical Greek photographer, including New York Easter Parade. This work, which the photographer created by the urge and encouragement of Alexey Brodovitch (director of the Harper’s Bazaar magazine), is being displayed again, after 1992, with a selection of her portraits, landscapes and photographs of the Acropolis monuments.
Nelly’s studied photography in Germany, under the great classic photographer Hugo Erfurt and later, under Franz Fiedler, she was initiated into the new approach in photography and the European neo-romanticism. She opened her first studio at Ermou street in Athens in 1924 and her lens captured important personalities and themes of that time, like the famous dancer Mona Paeva dancing nude in the Parthenon, the Delphic Festival and Eva Sikelianou. The historian and Athens scolar Dimitris Kambouroglou showed her Athens through his own eyes. Nelly’s followed his glance and shot. The result was a series of photos of outstanding aesthetic value.
Since her studies and her nudes at Fiedler’s studio in Germany, Nelly’s had been removing the background’s elements by focusing her attention to the theme. This resulted in reversing voluntarily the references of orientation and the final image was formed as a mix of realistic and abstract types. By that way, she managed to incorporate the spectator’s wonder as an element of the image. Knowing that she is the one directing the spectators’ gaze through the lens of the camera and that they would identify with her position, she accentuated their wonder by giving them the opportunity to read the image in a double way in relation to the earth’s horizon.
Her classical education and her admiration of the Ancient Greek civilisation have contributed to her photographic work in Acropolis in a way that the latter has become decisive for the artist herself but also for the history of photography and architecture in general.
Nelly’s holds a strong bond to the history of tourism in Greece. In 1929, the Greek Bureau of Tourism issued its first poster ever with the emblematic photo of the Parthenon that the famous Greek photographer had shot.
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|Date: 10/11/2012 – 12/01/2013 Place: Athens Venue: AD gallery, 3, Pallados str., Psyrri. Op. H.: Tuesday – Friday: 12:00 – 21:00, Saturday: 12:00 – 16:00|