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GEORGES I. MORA¤TES (Greece / act: Athens)

George I. Moraites After the expulsion of King Otto and Queen Amalia from Greece in 1862, the photographer Spyros A. Milionis gave his studio to Georges I. Moraïtes, who thus made his appearance in Athens. The family of known photographer Petros Moraïtes believes there not to be a relation with him. However there are some clues, which reveal that there was a short-lived collaboration between the two photographers. By the standards of the time, Georges I. Moraïtes is considered a fine photographer, though overshadowed by Petros Moraïtes. His studio used to be at 79 Eolou Street opposite the Virgin Chryssospiliotissa Church, at a breathing distance from Petros Moraïtes'; studio. At the 3rd Olympia Exhibition in Athens in 1875 he was awarded the Silver Medal of Second Class for his technique. After 1876 he moved his studio at 51 Eolou Street. In 1882 he moved to Ermou Street at the Ligieri Alcove, and worked there till early 1900. In 1888 he participated in the 4 th Olympia with his namesake George P. Moraïtes. In 1889 he took part in the World Exhibition in Paris, where he was awarded the Silver Medal, while the namesake son of Petros took the bronze.

[Megakles Rogakos 08/2006]

BIBLIOGRAPHY:
XANTHAKIS, ALKIS X. History of Greek Photography 1839-1970 2008 Papyros Publishing Company, Athens, p. 78-79 [Greek]

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