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The world of Cyprus (1960-1974)

The world of Cyprus (1960-1974) – Ο Κόσμος της Κύπρου (1960-1974)


A magnificent album by the eminent artist photographer Takis Demetriades, with informative captions written by Panos Ioannides.

Photographer: Takis Demetriades AFIAP, ESFIAP more info

Author: Panos Ioannides more info

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A magnificent album by the eminent artist photographer Takis Demetriades, with informative captions written by Panos Ioannides. In the critical period of 1960 – 1974, a period which, with the events that marked it, changed the course of the history of our country, the sensitive lens of Takis Demetriades had recorded indelibly characteristic, we could say unique, people of Cyprus, at work, at leisure, deep in thought, people young and old, fine old men who make you proud just to see them, gentle, uncompromising or picturesque old women, who awaken in you feelings of respect and love. When you look at the photographs, a window suddenly opens in time and takes you back, to times that have gone forever, offering you a large series of images which describe and preserve the way the simple, unspoilt, average Cypriot lived, worked, thought and spent, in earlier times, his leisure – the people of the town or the village, of the soil and hard work, of the sea, the field or the tranquil monastery.

In his foreword to the publication, the President of the Republic, Mr Tassos Papadopoulos, notes the important contribution of Takis Demetriades to the cultural activities of Cyprus and the perennial quality of his work.

“…. through the unpublished series of black and white photographs which present the world of Cyprus during the period 1960 – 1974,” President Papadopoulos writes, “manners, customs and traditions come to life again. Memories and experiences are revived which are identified with the contemporary history of the Republic of Cyprus, since in a direct way and in relief they record and interpret history”.

It was time for this unique work to come out of the artist’s archive, to remind us of the past, days, hours and people, many of whom have already departed this life but whose memory survives thanks to the lens of the sensitive photographer.

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Ένα πολυτελές λεύκωμα, με φωτογραφίες του διακεκριμένου φωτογράφου, Τάκη Δημητριάδη, με κειμενολεζάντες του συγγραφέα, Πάνου Ιωαννίδη. Ο ευαίσθητος φακός του Τάκη Δημητριάδη, μέσα στην κρίσιμη περίοδο 1960 – 1974, μια περίοδο που με τα γεγονότα που τη σημάδεψαν άλλαξε τον ρου της ιστορίας του τόπου μας, είχε ανεξίτηλα καταγράψει χαρακτηριστικούς, μοναδικούς θα λέγαμε, ανθρώπους του τόπου μας, σε ώρες δουλειάς, σχόλης ή περισυλλογής· ανθρώπους νέους και ηλικιωμένους, λεβεντόγερους που σε κάνουν περήφανο και μόνο να τους βλέπεις· γλυκύτατες, σκληροτράχηλες ή γραφικές γριούλες, που ξυπνούνε μέσα σου αισθήματα σεβασμού κι αγάπης. Βλέποντας τις φωτογραφίες αυτές, ξαφνικά ένα παράθυρο ανοίγει μέσα στο χρόνο και σε γυρνά πίσω, σε καιρούς που έφυγαν για πάντα· σου προσφέρει μια μεγάλη σειρά εικόνες που αποτυπώνουν και διασώζουν τον τρόπο που ζούσε, εργαζόταν, στοχαζόταν και περνούσε, σε παλαιότερα χρόνια, τις ελεύθερες του ώρες ο απλός, αγνός, καθημερινός Κύπριος, ο άνθρωπος της πόλης ή του χωριού, της γης και του μόχθου, της θάλασσας, του μποστανιού ή του γαλήνιου μοναστηριού.