Museum of Photography, Thessaloniki
Museum of Photography, Thessaloniki is located in Thessaloniki, Central Macedonia, Greece. The museum was founded in 1987 by Aris Georgiou, Apostolos Maroulis and Yiannis Vanidis but it wasn't until 1997 that it was legally established and until 1998 that it opened with Giorgos Makris as its president and Aris Georgiou as its first director. It is currently housed in Warehouse 1 of the harbor of Thessaloniki, next to the Thessaloniki Cinema Museum.
The museum’s mission is to collect photographs, especially historical and artistic photographs of Greece, to organize exhibitions and events to show the museum’s collection, to join forces with other similar bodies and work together and to publish books on photography.
The museum has 57 photographs and 700 negatives by the photographer Nelly, photographer Socrates Iordanides’s archive, with themes from fashion, news stories, cityscapes and such like from the 1950s, 60s and 70s, and is ready to go ahead with the purchase of the collection entitled ‘Picture and Image’ (the work of 39 contemporary Greek photographers), the archive of photographer Giannis Stylianos and part of the collection entitled New Images.
Since 1999 the museum has collaborated with a host of Greek and international bodies to undertake the organization of ‘Photo Synkyria’, the country‘s most important and longest-lasting photographic institution.
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