Abraham Pavlidis is a photographer and a private employee at Evrodi Publications in Thessaloniki, Greece. He was born on 9 February 1950 in Thessaloniki, but spent his childhood in Gazoros, village of Serres. In 1969-1972, he studied interior design and then worked at an architectural design firm for two years, while also taking an interest in painting. In 1976, he began to travel around Greece. In 1981, he met the painter Yannis Tsarouchis on Mount Athos, where their paths would cross again on several occasions over the next years, reinforcing Pavlidis' inner need to study tradition. He began to photograph in 1990 and in 1995-1996 focused almost exclusively on photographing interiors that possess a sense of tradition, mostly in remote areas of rural Greece. The theme of his photographic works concerns notions of tradition, abandonment and memory. Travelling around the country, he records houses, temples, cafeterias, hospitals, or factories abandoned, neglected in the arms of time and charged with memories and history. He works for Evrodi Publications in Thessaloniki.
Abraham Pavlidis presented his work in the following exhibitions: Ancona, Italy (2002); Photographic Centre of Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki (2002); group - Time Repositories, Thessaloniki Photography Museum, Thessaloniki (2003); Hearths of Tradition, Thessaloniki Photography Museum, Thessaloniki (2004); Forum am Schillerplatz GmbH, Vienna, Austria (2009); Athens Photo Festival - The Last Glance: Abraham Pavlidis, The Long Room, Pikermi (2010).
[Megakles Rogakos 02/2012]
PAPAIOANNOU, HERCULES Hearths of Tradition: Abraham Pavlidis 2004 Thessaloniki Photography Museum, Thessaloniki
PAPAIOANNOU, HERCULES The Last Glance: Abraham Pavlidis 2010 Evrodi Publications, Thessaloniki