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Robert McCabe’s Photographs of Mykonos of the ’50s on Show at the Island

ATHENS — Photographs of Robert McCabe, whose portraits captured Greece in the '50s and '60s, will be shown on the island of Mykonos castle and archaeological museum in it until October 31 and December 31, respectively.

"The island that captivated the world: Mykonos of the '50s" includes photographs from McCabe's book on the island before it became a global glamor icon. The exhibit is under the auspices of Greek President Katerina Sakellaropoulou.

McCabe first came to Greece in 1954 as a Princeton student and returned in 1955 to photograph the Aegean. In 1957 he was offered an assignment to photograph the Cycladic Islands for the National Geographic Society, and has been capturing Greece on film since then. The photographs reflect both locations and the people of Greece, recording traditions and culture.

Describing what the island was like in 1955, he said it resembled an independent island principality with unique culture, dances, song, poetry, cooking, fabrics, architecture and language.

His photographs will be shown at the new archaeological space in the castle, which was undergoing restorations for three years under the Ministry of Culture. The work done has revealed remains of a medieval settlement and findings from Neolithic times, and the experimental reopening of the castle hopes to highlight through these the island's cultural identity.

A subset of photographs will be shown at the adjacent museum.

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