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Photographic Book: Olympos - From Karpathos island to Byzantium, by George Tatakis

Photographic Book: Olympos - From Karpathos island to Byzantium, by George Tatakis

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Based on 2 reviews
Kate N
Compelling work

This book is a true masterpiece! I visited Karpathos recently and this book takes me back every time I open it. Thank you.

William F
Beautiful Photography

This is a great book with marvelous photography! I keep it always on my coffee table and all my friends love it 😍
The text is also nicely written and transports you to Olympos. I highly recommend it

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  • V. Chryssanthopoulou, D. Phil

    “ ...triumphantly introduces the reader and hopefully, the prospective visitor to Olympos, to some of its most interesting and unique cultural features, while also recreating the special atmosphere of this place, with glimpses of its old, premodern character, which induces feelings of nostalgia in both Olympitans and visitors alike... ” 

  • M. Diakogeorgiou, MSc

    “ ...The black-and-white Olympos of George Tatakis is poetry in pictures inspired by local tradition... ”

  • Introduction / Foreword

  • The Ethos Project

    An Artistic Statement

  • Byzantine Easter in Olympos

  • Easter Tuesday Litany

  • The Transfiguration of the Saviour

  • The Dormition of the Virgin

  • A second festival, the night after…

  • A traditional engagement

  • A traditional wedding

  • A traditional baptism

  • The Feast of Saint John at the site of the ancient city of Βrykous

  • 'Avlona Days'

  • The festival of St. Zacharias on the island of Saria

  • Fishing

  • Everyday life in Avlona

  • The festival of Michael the Archangel at Tristomo

  • The olive harvest

  • The festival of St. Minas

  • An afternoon with Yannis Philippakis

    (of The Foals)

  • Herding goats

  • Sensations and feelings from Olympos


Photography Coffee Table Book by George Tatakis. Photographic Essay on Olympos in Karpathos island, Greece.

Discover the captivating traditions and vibrant culture of Olympos, Karpathos island in Greece, through the lens of renowned photographer George Tatakis.

In this stunning visual journey through the traditions of rural Greece, Tatakis documents the daily life, festive celebrations, and religious traditions of this remote village, immersing readers in the warmth and resilience of its people.

From Byzantine Easter to the olive harvest, from traditional weddings to goat herding, Tatakis' evocative black and white photography captures the spirit and heritage of this unique corner of the Mediterranean, on this beautiful Greek island.

With an introduction by prof. Vassiliki Chryssanthopoulou, the book is a breathtaking tribute to the enduring beauty and traditions of rural Greece.

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