Photobook friday – Images of another Europe

Constantinos Pittas is a photographer, who didn’t plan on pursuing a professional career in photography. Despite the fact, that he travelled in the 80’s through around 17 countries and captured his daily impressions of a divided Europe. Also, he never planned on creating photographs in a photojournalistic way, which he did in a perfect way, in my humble opinion.

He never planned on denouncing some of the regimes he encountered, and he never planned on publishing his photographs whatsoever.

Yet Konstantinos Pittas created one of the most stunning photobooks that I came across. I highly, highly recommend getting it to everyone who is interested in street-, documentation- and portrait photography.

Get yourself a copy of “Images of another Europe”.

While we all are some kind of torn between the lust for new gear and working with our every tools as photographers, Constantinos only used a small 35mm camera – the Minox 36GT – for the 24.000 (!) negatives that he created throughout his journey.

When I saw that little camera in his exhibition here in Athens, I was completely speechless. He created not only such an amount of historical relevant photographs, but he created also some incredibly beautiful stories with this little piece of machinery.

Many of us are haunted by the fear that we’re not using the perfect tools, that we could be better if we own a Leica or Hasselblad, or more lenses and filters and all of that gear. But if you sit down and try to contemplate on what Constatinos did – I think some of us will become slightly dizzy as me.

On of my favourite photographs was this young lady from the western part of Germany.

Constantinos realised that this portrait gave a glimpse of modern, western lifestyle, only through the way the lady held her cigarette. How elegante her pose is.

I won’t give away too many other photos of this photobook, you have to get one copy for yourself. But there will be a direct comparison between her and another young woman from the eastern part of Germany. And it made me really think of the impact a photographer has with his – subjective – vision he can share with his photographs.

Check out his website – http://www.cpittas.com, try to get a copy and get inspired by his stunning work.

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