In the Balkans

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The Balkan Peninsula is a relatively small geographic area that today encompasses ten countries. For centuries this mountainous region has been the site of relentless ethnic, religious, and territorial warfare. No Balkan generation has escaped unscathed. But to this fragmented environment, photographer Nikos Economopoulos brings his extraordinary vision of a Balkan people. In spite of the hatreds that have endured for centuries, the people of the Balkans share a way of life and a history. They carry on with the ...
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Overview

The Balkan Peninsula is a relatively small geographic area that today encompasses ten countries. For centuries this mountainous region has been the site of relentless ethnic, religious, and territorial warfare. No Balkan generation has escaped unscathed. But to this fragmented environment, photographer Nikos Economopoulos brings his extraordinary vision of a Balkan people. In spite of the hatreds that have endured for centuries, the people of the Balkans share a way of life and a history. They carry on with the business of living - with marriages and funerals, farming and street games - despite the unmistakable air of volatility that surrounds them. Looking through the pages that follow, one forgets to ask: Who are the oppressed and who are the oppressors? Who is right and who is wrong? The answers lie buried deep in layers of Balkan history.

The modern Balkan Peninsula encompasses ten countries--Greece, Turkey, Bulgaria, Romania, Albania, Bosnia-Hercegovina, Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia and Montenegro, and Macedonia. To this incoherent, fragmented environment, Economopoulos brings his extraordinary vision of the Balkan people--haunting, compassionate images that reveal an inextinguishable spirit. 75 duotone photos.

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Gretchen Garner
Like the news from Bosnia, the black-and-white photographs in this book are confusing and grim. Yet Economopoulos has photographed all over the Balkan Peninsula without finding differences demarcated by national borders; "the Balkan people," he writes, "have created their own curious identity, unique across ethnic borders, political divisions, and religious schisms." Nevertheless, they continue to annihilate one another in ethnic warfare. Economopoulos' photographs are long on style--a spontaneous documentary style that owes equal debts to Henri Cartier-Bresson and Gene Richards--and ask more questions than they answer. Economopoulos is not an "event" photographer but rather a "street" photographer, simply alert to what might happen visually, and his pictures never explain anything. They do, however, put a human face on the part of the world that consistently produces the day's worst news--achievement enough for any book.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810934696
  • Publisher: Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/1/1995
  • Pages: 128
  • Product dimensions: 9.60 (w) x 12.13 (h) x 0.80 (d)

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