45, Asomaton Str. – A tribute

A particular street shot was haunting me for quite some time. I was able to take it during the walk I had in my previous post. This time the ladies are neither old nor stooping.

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Caryatids 2011

45, Asomaton Str.
The residence with the caryatids in Kerameikos has been cherished like no other not only by the Athenians, but also by the city’s visitors. Those who never crossed its doorstep got to know it through the works of many famous Greek artists, like Tsarouchis. When the French photojournalist Henri Cartier Bresson visited Athens in the 50s, he “captured” two spry old ladies dressed in black, walking under the shadow of the lissome and proud silhouettes of the caryatids. The contrast of the black and white figures, of motion and stillness, of decay and eternal beauty, created a powerful picture, one of Bresson’s most representatives
The building was recently restored by the Ministry of Culture, paying great respect to its original form. The signs of time were masterly wiped out of the caryatids’ faces. Recapturing their old glory and dazzle, the ladies glance at the passers-by, who take a moment to return the glance…
By: Tina Kontogiannopoulos

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15 Responses to 45, Asomaton Str. – A tribute

  1. To tell the truth, I wouldn’t call the old ladies of the original photo “stooping”. Old, yes. Spry, determined, energetic, white-haired, in a hurry, clad in black, maybe. But not stooping – not by a long shot.

  2. Muthe says:

    Awesome and nice story too :)

  3. DF Photo says:

    beautiful capture and fantastic story Stam!

  4. batsceba says:

    interesting and wonderfull

  5. Mary says:

    I love your modern tribute to the famous HCB’s image. Two young ‘consumers’ ladies, graffiti on the wall. Many things changed, the feeling is different and still…the contrast is still there and today’s life moves faster than ever :-) I love some details in common with the HCB’s photo, like the fact that the two ladies are in black clothes and the shop is closed down like in the famous photo.

    • Stamatis Gr says:

      The contrast here as you well said is between the stillness of the caryatids and the fast moving ladies.
      I still prefer the original version of course :D

  6. betharr says:

    interesting explanation for a great image.

  7. Anonymous says:

    wonderful!!

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