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DIMITRIOS SPIGOS (Greece, Athens / act: Athens)

Dimitrios Spingos Dimitrios Spingos belongs to those infrequent cases of photographers with humour, but also with the capacity and the courage for self-mockery. As a photographer he began to work little before 1897, an associate in the beginning of S. Papagiannopoulos, at the "Helios" (Sun) photographic studio, at Aeolou Street, initially at 93, then sometime in 1910 at 133, and later in the 1920s at 71. He published occasionally in the newspapers original ads, in the form of dialogues, for his photostudio, that was located near the church of Agia Irene. In the Interwar years Spingos engaged with the union of his profession. He was elected member of the Administrative Council of the Association of Greek Photographers - SEF and later served many times as its chairman. A great opponent of his was the photographer Ioannis Xanthakis, with which he interchanged in the presidency of the Association. The self-portrait herewith illustrated was created in some period of SEF's election of authorities. As the picture demonstrates, it appears that he had the presentiment that he would be the Association's future chairman! This approach is by all means intelligent and very caustic. However, it is not known if he sent this portrait to all the voting photographers. In any case, it is certain he sent it to his opponent, Ioannis Xanthakis, as it emerged from the latter's archive.

[Alkis X. Xanthakis 2008, p.177-179 / translated by Megakles Rogakos - 12/2009]

BIBLIOGRAPHY:
XANTHAKIS, ALKIS X. History of Greek Photography 1839-1960 1994 Kastaniotis Editions, Athens [Greek]
XANTHAKIS, ALKIS X. History of Greek Photography 1839-1970 2008 Papyros Publishing Company, Athens, p.289 [Greek]

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