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Benaki Museum presents: Mobile in NY

05 June 2011 / 17:06:57  GRReporter
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A photography exhibition different from any other. Sealed moments from New York, as it is today. This may not be so original. The originality lies in the fact that the photos are taken with a mobile phone. The exhibition by photographer Kamilo Nollas entitled “Mobile in NY" can be seen in the Benaki Museum, on Piraeus Street from June 10 to July 31. 

The exhibition displays 54 color photographs made by Kamillo Nollas with his mobile phone in the period 2009-2010 when he was living in New York as a scholarship student of Foundation Fulbright. Nollas belongs to a generation of photographers known as “manual” (with heavy equipment, huge lenses, tripods), and although he was aware of what limited options he had, he chose the photographic mobile phone, on the one hand because he wanted to have with him a camera and secondly because he was curious to see if digital technology has brought renewal in the same art as that which brought the photographic development of the first camera "Laika" in 1925. 

Curator of the exhibition, professor of photography at New York University Fred Ritchin said: "A photographer of the new millennium uses the phone as a camera, reinforcing the spontaneity and intuitiveness of the photos and allowing them to surprise both him and us. 

Do the photos tell us about New York and its citizens or about his own New York experience? Do they describe other photos or the photographer himself? Or maybe they tell us about ourselves, about our cultures, about the time given to us in this world? The answer is certainly “yes”. A young man wanders in New York, one foreign, globalized city, takes photographs with his mobile phone (maybe the story starts here?)”. And he adds: "his pictures and his phone constitute a dialogue. They are a call and a response, an attempt to break the authenticity of what he sees before him, to highlight the paradox, to seal the leaving of the day and to welcome the night, and then to find out what might have escaped him. If the city becomes a picture, he can put it in his pocket - its infinity is under his control”.
 A video with a duration of 4 minutes will be screened in the exhibition hall and it is on the same subject, shot with the same mobile phone. The editing work on the video was done by Yannis Halkiadakis and the music by Yanis Saksonis. 

The exhibition will open on Thursday, June 9, 2011, at 08:00 pm 

Kamilo Nollas was born in Paris in 1968. He studies Photography in Liège, Lyon and Athens. Since 1992 he is working as a freelance photographer and as teacher of photography courses for professional qualification in the Municipality of Athens. He cooperates with print and electronic editions, publishers, public and private organizations. His pictures are in many public collections (Museum of Photography in Thessaloniki, the Museum of Tobacco in Kavala), but also in private ones, both in Greece and abroad. His Exhibition “Kapnomagaza: Enigmas, Order and Emptiness" (production of the Museum of Photography in Thessaloniki, Interaction 2007), was presented in Athens, Thessaloniki, Paris and Istanbul. 

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