Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Vintage Photos from Robert McCabe's Trips to Greece in the 1950s

Rhodes 1954. This marble Aphrodite, in the museum in Rhodes, was found in the sea.
Huffington Post
December 12, 2010

Legendary photographer Robert A. McCabe has compiled what are, in essence, stunning photographic journals of Cuba and Antarctica, among other places.

McCabe also traveled as a Princeton undergraduate to Greece in June 1954, witnessing firsthand soaring unemployment (at the time of his visit, unemployment was hovering around 30%) and poor wages (those who did work were making a little less than a dollar a day). McCabe recalls in his introduction to his book, Greece: Images of an Enchanted Land, 1954-1965, how unspoiled the landscape of Greece felt before all the tourists and development starting happening, which has forever changed the landscape in Athens.

He traveled extensively through the Aegean after that, from 1954-1965, to document fully the experiences, people and places there (he was, in particular, interested in Greece's iconic architecture).


Sounion 1955. At the temple of Poseidon.

Epeiros 1961. Young friends.

Athens 1955. The Agora and the Acropolis from Observatory Road.

Athens 1955. Acropolis. The Propylaia from the Parthenon.

Athens 1955. The Caryatid Porch of the Erechtheion.
Serifos 1963. A church in Chora.

The Aegean 1954. On the bow of a caique.

Mykonos 1955. At a baptismal festival.

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