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The visitors of the Louvre captured in the pictures of Alesio de Andrade

06 April 2010 / 12:04:30  GRReporter
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Very patiently with a camera in his hand the Brazilian photographer Alecio de Andrade manages to capture incredible pictures of the visitors of the Louvre. He has been making these pictures for almost four decades. Three shocked monks are holding their hands in front of the pictures of the three naked Graces, two boys sitting comfortably on a bench in the gallery in order to enjoy in piece the picture before their eyes, an old lady is standing with veneration in front of an Egyptian sarcophagus…

What is the relation between these three scenes? All three of them are moments captured in the halls of the most famous museum in the world – the Louvre. Moments, which the photographer Alecio de Andrade has been patiently waiting for 39 whole years. As a result of his hard work there are now 12 000 black and white pictures, part of which – more specifically 88 of them we will see in the Athenian museum Frisira.

“To me the roots of the photography are in the spontaneousness. This is the only way to reveal one of the faces of the world” says the poet and photographer with many awards who dies in 2003at the age of 65. De Andrade was an associate in the Magnum agency and his pictures have been published in magazines published in big circulations like “Madame Figaro”, “Elle”, “Goe”, “Le Nouvel Ovservateur”, “Marie – Claire”, “Fortune” and “Newsweek”.

The pictures in the Louvre look like theatrical scenes where the visitors, who have no idea that their pictures have been taken, are the ones staring in the lead roles. Filled with a lot of sense of humor, emotionality, curiosity and spontaneousness, the pictures are giving us the chance to find out what are the reactions of the visitors of the museum to the masterworks which some of these people have traveled for thousands of kilometers to see.

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“The Louvre and its visitors”, an exhibition of pictures by Alecio de Andrade starting from April 14th until May 30th in the Frisira Museum, No. 7 Moni Asteriou.

 

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