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Shadows of Silence, John Demos
The images of religious scenes in rural towns by contemporary
Greek photographer John Demos exemplify a mid-20th century
formalist approach to the documentation of public ceremonies
and street life. Without leaving figurative photography,
Demos' dramatic, high contrast images go beyond mere
illustration to render an expression of inner spirituality
of his subject matter.
The gestures and movements of people in Shadows
of Silence are suspended starkly in time and space.
The scenes are both specific and metaphysical, unmistakably
Greek but symbolic of all human condition. Demos explores
the relationship between his subjects and religious
iconography, the painting of a religious figure in the
background or the cross at a cemetery in the foreground.
Demos has chosen to emphasize the symbols of faith.
They are the silent elements of a drama, part of the
movements of a Greek chorus.
Demos' imagery attains that hard-to-reach point between
representation and metaphor. Through a dramatic use
of shadows, composition and the 'capturing' of the decisive
moment, Demos crates spiritual narratives which lead
us to ponder our own beliefs about life and death.
This is the first time that Shadows of Silence
has been presented in the United States.