Constantinos Anninos between India and Greece A Recorder of the Hidden and the Unfamiliar in the Early 20th Century

Published: Aug 27, 2022
Greece India History of photography Constantinos Anninos Ethnology
Kostas Ioannidis

The case of the hitherto unnoticed amateur photographer Constantinos Anninos, who was active in Greece and India during the first quarter of the twentieth century, seems particularly interesting for examining the theory and practice of the representation of ethnographic subjects in different media. Always on the move between Greece, India and England, Anninos was an accomplished photographer and a rather gifted writer in Greek demotic who wrote about his photographs in Skokos’ Ethnikon Imerologion. Because of the precariousness of his position, he seems to have struggled with the problem of foreignness all of his life. Through images and texts, he attempts to translate not only the culture of India but that of Greece as well to people who, due to either actual distance or psychological and cultural barriers, are removed from what he perceives as the essence of Greece or India. Finally, I argue that for similar reasons photography and demotic prove pertinent to accomplishing this task of cultural translation.

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Kostas Ioannidis, Athens School of Fine Arts

Kostas Ioannidis is Associate Professor at Athens School of Fine Arts, Department of Theory and History of Art.

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