[MGSA-L] Archaeology and Photography program

Roland Moore rolandmo at pacbell.net
Mon Apr 11 11:40:16 PDT 2011

From:    george.syrimis at yale.edu

Dear all,

The attached files contain information about a photography program at the Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki, which may be of interest to archaeologists and photographers.

George Syrimis

[Roland here - the file is HUGE, so instead of attaching, I put it in the MGSA pdfs folder:
http://www.mgsa.org/pdfs/ArchaeologyPhotoBrochure.pdf and pasted some of the verbiage below - but the PDF is more eye-catching]

The Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki, in collaboration
with the Municipality of Thessaloniki, is for the first time, offering to
university departments of archaeology and to interested museums
the unique opportunity to bring their own groups for an expertly
guided introduction to the archaeology of Northern Greece and
its most valued antiquities. This opportunity is offered through
hands-on photography of these locations and items. This is not a
tour, but a collaboration of professionals who will view firsthand
the impressive sites and museums with those who have excavated,
photographed, and worked to conserve these priceless finds.
Groups will be led by a museum archaeologist, meeting
archaeologists at each location, often viewing recent finds not
yet on display to the public. They will enter the workshops that
work to restore this invaluable evidence of Greek culture and
history and will receive guidance from one of the most renowned
archaeological photographers in how to best record such finds
(in situ and in the studio).
Goals of the trip:
a. Acquaintance with the most important archaeological sites
of Central Macedonia.
b. Basic information about the technical aspect of photography
for personal/scientific use of archaeologists. Familiarization
with the photographic equipment.
c. Understanding of the requirements of a professional
photographic shooting aiming at better collaboration between
archaeologist and professional photographer.
d. Practical exercise in many case studies
Photography in Greece

A 10 day Hands-on Exploration of Northern Greece
Established in 1912, this museum is the oldest in Macedonia, with important finds from
throughout the area. The current building was completed in 1962 by renowned Greek architect
Patroklos Karantinos and is considered a landmark, representing classic architectural modernism
in Greece. The museum hosts 7 permanent exhibitions which cover the history and the
archaeology of Macedonia, as well as the city of Thessaloniki, from the prehistoric era (10000 bc)
through late antiquity (5th c. ad)
• Welcome by a representative of Municipality of Thessaloniki.
• Welcome – Introduction by the Director of Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki.
• Documentation and Conservation photography (in the laboratories of amth)
• Demonstration of basic studio equipment and demonstration of installation of nonprofessional
photographic equipment for photographs during everyday work.
• Learning of the basic use of photographic lighting equipment.
• Learning of the use of scale, the importance of background color and point of view.
• Demonstration of professional shooting in studio conditions. Case studies: statues, metals,
glass, ceramics etc.
• Specialized shootings (coins, macro photography).
• Demonstration of shooting outside studio, within the context of museum exhibitions,
with and without artificial lighting. Case studies: mosaics, sarcophagus, altars (difficultiessolutions).
Built at the foot of mountain Olympus, the city of Dion was considered the sacred capital of
the Macedonian kingdom and after Alexander the Great, of all of Greece. Still being actively
excavated, the extensive site boasts well-conserved ancient walls surrounding the city, a central
road bordered by a rich agora (administration center-marketplace), many important houses,
two large public baths, two theaters, temples honoring Zeus Hypsistos (Mighty), Demeter,
Persephone and Isis, as well as many other buildings of worship. A small, charming museum
holds the hundreds of remarkable statues and items thus far uncovered here.
Introduction to Site Photography:
a. Survey Photography
• Photographs during active excavation
• Photographs for publication
b. Photographs for documentation of the site
(as much information as is possible to reveal via film)
c. Artistic Archaeological Photography
• Shooting at the archaeological site (mount Olympus and survey photographs)
• Attendance and shooting of the excavation (only in July)
Near the end of the 5th c. bc the capital of the Macedonian kingdom was transferred from
Aegae to Pella, a well-planned urban city designed with horizontal and vertical roads and
carefully designated building zones (system of Hippodamos) where luxurious houses were built
with intricate mosaic floors. The agora complex is one of the most impressive of the ancient
Greek world since Pella was the capital of all western civilization during the era of Philip II and
Alexander the Great (5th–4th c. bc). Pella now has a lovely new museum (built in 2009) featuring
representative items from the excavation.
• Shooting of the archaeological site in relation to waterfalls
• Shooting of the traditional settlement Varosi in Edessa
• Shooting at the archaeological site Loggos in Edessa

Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki
DAY 1 & 2
Thessaloniki was founded in 316/315 bc by King Kassander, who named it for his wife, the halfsister
of Alexander the Great. It was a Roman base after 168 bc when Macedonia fell under
Roman rule. From the 2nd to 4th c. ad it developed into the most highly celebrated city in the
eastern Roman Empire, basis for one of the tetrarchies and, therefore, it remained important
through the Byzantine Empire. It has numerous exceptionally notable Byzantine churches,
second only to Constantinopolis (Istanbul). A beautiful coastal city, Thessaloniki hosts an old
city with well-preserved ancient walls and remains from the Roman and Byzantine periods
throughout the downtown area. The city also houses lovely modern art museums, as well as the
impressive Byzantine and Archaeological museums.
• Shooting of archaeological sites around the city (Rotonda, Arch and Palace of Galerius, Forum
Romanum, Byzantine churches).
• Social Photography in relation to the antiquities- attention to the manipulation of the
surrounding space-interaction between the archaeological site and the city.
• Staged photography for the needs of an exhibition- documentary (Forum Romanum/
Documentary “Imperishable Kalindoia”, produced by Archaelogical Museum of Thessaloniki).
Dating from 7th c. bc, Aegae was the birthplace of the Macedonian royal family before seaside
Pella was selected so the Macedonian kings could build a fleet to defeat the Athenians who
were then dominant in the southeast Mediterranean. The palace of Philip II (father of Alexander
the Great) has been excavated, revealing the remains of a spectacular building larger than the
Parthenon, an Acropolis, city wall, agora, temple of Eycleia, seven Macedonian tombs, the
renowned tomb of Philip II, and the theatre where this great king was murdered.
• Briefing by the archaeologists regarding the site and restoration of the palace
(the significance of the site and its photographic needs)
• Visit the grave of Philip II and other royal graves
• Attendance and shooting of the excavation (only in July)
Olynthos is considered the center of the ancient League
of Chalkidiki, a coalition of cities in central and coastal
Chalkidiki. Olynthos was an expansive city built in an orderly
fashion with designated building zones hosting striking
houses typical of Greek antiquity. The city was excavated
at the beginning of the 20th century by the American
Archaeological School and their finds published by Professor
David Moore Robinson in a series of fourteen books. The city
has been recently reconstructed.
• Visit and shooting of the archaeological site in relation to
the surroundings
• Basic principles of underwater archaeological photography
• Demonstration of underwater photography and
acquaintance with SCUBA diving
in collaboration with a certified diving centre (optional)
• Practical exercise of the students/participants photographing antiquities
(sometimes with use of exact replicants) in studio conditions.
• Demonstration of the post- production procedure-steps till publication.
Farewell party, including closing comments and presentation of the participants' photographs.
Sa ni
DAY 8 & 9
DAY 10
The trip offers:
• Guaranteed permission to enter and
take photos at all archaeological sites
• Escort by an archaeologist at all
archaeological sites
• Printed information for all
archaeological sites
• Certificate of Participation awarded
by a representative of Municipality
of Thessaloniki and Archaeological
Museum of Thessaloniki
Necessary equipment:
Any digital camera
A one day “Behind the Scene Visit to the Thessaloniki Archaeological Museum” is also available
to selected groups who are traveling in Greece who want to have a “one of a kind” look into the
real work accomplished in such established museums.
You may contact us at photography at amth.gr for details regarding your own group (available
dates, costs, the one-day option, etc) and how you can offer this unique experience to your
6, M. Andronikou str.
gr 546 21, Thessaloniki
t +30 2310 830538
f +30 2310 861306
e info.amth at culture.gr
of thessaloniki

More information about the MGSA-L mailing list