CM:The Painter Teo Dascalakis is one of Christoforos Doulgeris' photographic portraits. Dascalakis is a reference point in the thought and life of Doulgeris. Painter and photographer have gone through many situations, a fact which explains the level of intimacy this photograph evokes. Here Dascalakis takes a seat at a decadent café, which served coffee without the customary saucer, in the environs of Agios Dimitrios church at Psyrri of Athens, near the painter's studio. Today this coffee shop no longer exists, as its place has been taken by a building of three stories. In any case the space occupied by the coffee shop was virtually non-existent. One can just make out the entrance of the coffee shop at the photograph's upper right corner. It was very small and utilized as much space as its owner wished. Indeed this coffee shop had put into effect what in sociology is termed "extension of inner space", whereby a small enterprise is forced by a matter of fact to appropriate its neighboring environment. Right opposite the coffee shop was an enormous container in blue color, supported on scaffolding whose junctions were used also as an alternative ashtray!
Doulgeris' photography is influenced by such Germans photographers as Thomas Ruff, Thomas Struth and Wolfgang Tillmans, all of which were active in Düsseldorf. These artists were concerned with the human portrait while making pure photography rid of artifice - as practiced earlier by Walker Evans and August Sanders. Doulgeris' photograph hardly has any contrast. Though the colors are unsaturated and their tones are subdued, the general effect is one of hallucination. However, Doulgeris is not interested in the impression of external factors, but the photograph's ability to illustrate situations as a tool of thought. Thus, the viewer may read the picture clearer, and the eye may move away from appearances to penetrate the habitual understanding of the world.
[Megakles Rogakos 02/2008]
ROGAKOS, MEGAKLES Silent Dialogues: Multimedia Portraits Throughout Time 2008 The American College of Greece - ACG Art, Athens