British Museum I

  • Pagratis Pagratidis
  • 2012
  • Inv. No. 345.16.04
  • Edition 100 + 2 AP
  • Categories: Architettura
Size S
50x33cm Dimensions
Digital Print on Fuji paper DP II Technique
Mounted under plexiglass Mounting
 

Pagratis Pagratidis take the observers on a metropolitan journey, which unravels through the colour spectrum of black and white. The attention is drawn to details that are symbolic and easily recognisable but that are captured from an unusual, introspective point of view. Within the urban environment, the photographer finds a new conceptual and emotional dimension that he conveys by focusing on both his technique and the subjects’ own expressivity. The city landscape is represented through a rich articulation of the many shades that characterise it; buildings, museum, bridges, roofs and cars are all fundamental pieces of this personal narration. Each detail is immortalised, deconstructed and conveyed to the viewers through a plain and effective language, characterised by strong contrasts of light and well-studied angles and perspectives. Thanks to this technique, the photographer can highlight the material shape of each detail of his compositions, which stand out against the background. Confusion and noise, typical features of every city, are missing from these shots. Instead, there are silent and solemn meditations on the architectural elements that the photographer faces and challenges during his explorations of the urban landscape. 
Trained as a musician, Pagratidis studied to become a sound technician. Until then, photography remained a passion, but in 2000 he began a path focused on this art form: the culmination of his professional development began at the school of Platon Rivellis, an internationally acclaimed photographer. It was at this moment in which Pagraditis fully realised his gift and the results of the in depth study he undertook under the teaching of his Mentor: photography became his vocation and his field of artistic experimentation. After a period during which he refined his techniques, the artist moved to the Greek capital and here he began to participate in collective exhibitions. 2009 was the year of Sappho’s chariot in Poros, followed in the same year by the personal exhibition Blazing light. His shots were chosen for the l’Athens photo festival, while the following year he participated in Art Athina. In 2011 he participated in the Mia Art Fair with the support of Gallery Kourd. In numerous occasions, therefore, he has been able to prove his personal vision of the world and of the relationship he maintains that which surrounds him.