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EPAMINONDAS XANTHOPOULOS (Ottoman Empire, Constanintople / act: Athens)

Epaminondas Xanthopoulos At the beginning of the second decade of the twentieth century became known the name of Epaminondas Xanthopoulos, yet another talented Greek photographer. His father, Yannis Xanthopoulos, run before 1880 a large photographic studio in Varna of Bulgaria. In 1888 he photographed on behalf of the Archaeological Society, antiquities found by the Bulgarian School of Varna and shortly thereafter transfered his studio to Constantinople. His son was born there and next to him received the basic knowledge of photographic art, while later he travelled to Vienna for his training. The opening of the family photography business in Athens, brought Xanthopoulos permanently there. The studio was at 10 Ermou Street.

An article in the 'Illustrated', where Xanthopoulos published photographs of his, mentioned that all modern personalities of literature, drama, music and generally artists marched before the lens of his camera, "so as to make of his studio a true musico-literary-artistic Pantheon. His art is indeed remarkable". [Illustrated 02/1910] On the same year, in his article entitled A Greek Photographer, Thomas Thomopoulos refered to Xanthopoulos as "one of the few photographers in Greece who works conscientiously as a true artist... he is aware of his art in depth and is unique in terms of the balance of light and the scientific exactitude of retouche" [Thomas Thomopoulos 1910, p.1151].

[Alkis Xanthakis 1994]

BIBLIOGRAPHY:
XANTHAKIS, ALKIS X. History of Greek Photography 1839-1960 1994 Kastaniotis Editions, Athens, p. 133 [Greek]

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