Miltos Kourmpoglou is a mechanical engineer from Athens with a passion for photography, a love he perfectly combines with a passion for his country, Greece. Miltos has travelled through the land capturing all the beauty and uniqueness through very special images. A few years ago, he created his own publishing company specialised in photographic books.
52 Weeks of Pictures
“52 Weeks in Greece” is the third book Miltos Kourmpoglou publishes. In 2013, his interest for the Greek institution of the kafenio turned into a fantastic trail of images published under the name “The Coffee Routes”. In 2016, “Colorific Greece” was born. This Photographic Journey into the Land of Colours inspired the idea for “52 Weeks in Greece”, thanks to the review of a reader.
As Miltos explains, Greece is a country where the beauty of the landscape mixes with the warmth of the locals. A land known to the rest of the world for its glorious summers that, however, has lots to share all year long. His reader had wished: May the summer spirit last for 12 months! However, Miltos knew it was already like that. The idea of the this book came easy. It was all about showing the rest of the year in Greece to the rest of the world.
The book highlights the uniqueness of the country and the originality of the Greek lifestyle all year round. It visually describes every moment of the local year, where and how the Greeks dwell.
52 Weeks of Movement
Greece is inspiring in every season, each and every month has its own character and charm, he explains. Contrasts of colours and sceneries give shape to the unique off-season atmosphere of the country. Emotions change together with the colours of the nature. With the tasks and duties that every week marks in the calendar.
This is the key idea behind this photographic book of Greece, as Miltos clearly states: it intends to highlight the uniqueness of the country and the originality of the Greek lifestyle all year round. The book visually describes every moment of the local year, where and how the Greeks dwell. It’s a different kind of calendar. It won’t allow you to plan, but to experience a visual fairytale made of colour and movement.
Miltos’ pictures are rich and dynamic. Movement in his pictures is key. It’s the movement of nature, of joy, of life.
A calendar that starts in the heart of the summer, maybe so as not to surprise the foreigner.
52 Weeks of Poetry
52 Weeks in Greece is not a regular coffee-table book full of pretty images. There’s poetry to it. The images tell a story. And words tell even more. Konstantina Tassopoloulou is the writer giving voice to the pictures, sometimes explaining and other times suggesting, always with intelligence and a vivid vocabulary that well pairs the visual ideas. A rich addition to the images depicting what it actually means to live in Greece all year round.
The calendar begins in the heart of the summer, maybe so as not to surprise the foreigner with a different view from what everyone might expect just by reading the word “Greece”. It is a calendar that, little by little, says goodbye to seasonal images to introduce the reader in the essence of everyday life in Greece. This is what takes place once the summer charters stop flying into the country; it’s the dancing in local festivals or panigiria; it’s harvesting grapes; it’s picking olives; it’s marching with pride; it’s fasting and feasting; it’s living in Greece.
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