Monday, November 15, 2010

Pedro Meyer

Exhibition of photographs by the highly acclaimed Mexican photographer, Pedro Meyer. The exhibition has been organized as part of the Athens Photo Festival 2010 and in cooperation with the Hellenic Center for Photography.

Venue: Hellenic American Union Galleries
Until: 24/11/2010

The exhibition presents photos from Meyer’s travels throughout the USA, a journey that took 30 years and resulted in about 80,000 photographs. Meyer has said that given the nature of the country –its ever-changing images and diversity– he finds it almost impossible to describe it in its entirety. This is why his photographs shift between the genres of documentary photography, photojournalism and street photography. He has said that because photography is never about any one single reality, it is particularly well suited for describing the various and often contradictory sides of this country. The exhibition is held under the auspices of the Embassy of Mexico in Greece.

Pedro Meyer is a multifaceted photographer, who, alongside his work as an artist, has been working to raise awareness of South American photography. Born in Madrid in 1935, Meyer moved with his family to Mexico, which he considers his homeland. 1963 marked the beginning of the most productive phase in his career, when he founded the Mexican Council of Photography. He has been working exclusively with photography since 1974. He has taught in various schools and ateliers, worked for prestigious journals and organizations and received many awards and fellowships. In 1990 he turned to contemporary technology and the digital processing of photos and images. He is founder and President of the Pedro Meyer Foundation, which is committed to contributing to the research and interpretation of photography within the framework of new technologies.

A panel discussion with the participation of Pedro Meyer will take place on the occasion of the exhibition on Wednesday, November 24, 2010, at 20:00.
The discussion will be held at the auditorium of the Hellenic American Union. 
text source: HAU 

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