Costantine Manos/A Greek Portfolio

The picture of Greece that emerges in the photographs taken by Constantine Manos during his travels around the countryside in the early 1960s is a rocky, dusty, wild land with mostly unsmiling people. Even shots taken at weddings and festivals are dominated by a sense of sadness. In what is one of Manos’s most marvelous images of rural Greece at that time, musicians can be seen immersed in their playing: The tranquillity on their faces create the impression that the music has transported them elsewhere for a few precious moments, helping them to forget their daily toils.
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Constantine Manos  Greece. Crete. 1964. Blind man in doorway of his house. "A Greek Portfolio" p.5 © Costa Manos/Magnum Photos

Blind man in doorway of his house, Crete, Greece, 1964 - Greek America Foundation; Photograph by Constantine Manos, Magnum Photographer

Κωνσταντίνος Μάνος, Βοσκός με κάπα στην Κρήτη, 1964

Κωνσταντίνος Μάνος, Βοσκός με κάπα στην Κρήτη, 1964

Constantine Manos GREECE. Peloponnesus. 1970. On the beach. "A Greek Portfolio" p.45 © Costa Manos/Magnum Photos

On the beach. "A Greek Portfolio" © Costa Manos/Magnum Photos

Κωνσταντίνος Μάνος, Τυφλός άνδρας στην είσοδο του σπιτιού, 1964

Κωνσταντίνος Μάνος, Τυφλός άνδρας στην είσοδο του σπιτιού, 1964

Constantine Manos Greece. Epirus. 1964. Girls dancing at a festival. "A Greek Portfolio" p.83 © Costa Manos/Magnum Photos

by Constantine Manos Girls dancing at a village festival, Epirus, Greece, 1964

Constantine Manos  Greece. Crete. Heraklion. 1964. Woman on a dock. "A Greek Portfolio" p.86 © Costa Manos/Magnum Photos

Constantine Manos Woman on a Dock, Heraklion, Crete, Greece 1964

Constantine Manos Greece. Thrace. 1964. Children in town on market day. "A Greek Portfolio" p.50 © Costa Manos/Magnum Photos

"A Greek Portfolio" © Costa Manos/Magnum Photos

Constantine Manos Greece Thessaly. 1970. Group of shepherds. "A Greek Portfolio" p.47 © Costa Manos/Magnum Photos

Group of shepherds. "A Greek Portfolio" © Costa Manos/Magnum Photos

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