Metapolis Σεμινάρια Φωτογραφίας

Archaeological Photography 2014

Photo: Ελευθερία Λουκά Photo: Ελευθερία Λουκά

Monuments under the light of Athens (GREECE)

This course aims to provide both novice and more experienced photographers with a series of lectures, tutorials and practical field sessions on archaeological photography by developing their artistic vision and commitment to technical excellence. Students will be introduced to the history of archaeological photography starting as early as the mid 19th century over viewing eminent photographers who experimented with photography as a new form of art. They will be studying the works of F. Boissonas (1858 – 1946), Herbert List (1903-1975) Nelly's (1899-1998) and Walter Hege (1893–1955) who experimented extensively with natural light and produced masterpiece photographs of the ancient Greek temples. Students will have a chance to see original photographs of the early masters kept in the photographic archive of the Benaki Museum.

Program Dates:

18-30 June 2014. Students must arrive in Athens by Tuesday night 17 June 2014. To ensure you are on time, check your travel itinerary. The program ends on Monday 30 June 2014.
*See below for how to get to the center of Athens.


Ioannis Yiannakopoulos (photographer/Instructor AKTO Art & Design College- Athens-Greece);
Kostas Kourtidis (photographer/Instructor)


Athens (Greece)

Program description:

Field trips to the main archaeological sites and museums of Athens (such as the Acropolis and the new Acropolis Museum, the National Archaeological Museum, the Greek and Roman Agora, the Kerameikos and the Pnyx), will be lecture guided in order for students to gain a wider historical perspective and artistic insight as regards to the monuments that will be photographed. We will be discussing important topics, such as lighting, aperture shutter and ISO speed and using methods in situ so as to obtain a broader expertise on photographic techniques and equipment.
Studio photography with professional equipment will be set up for small specimens with special emphasis to Macro photography. As lighting is photography, students will be experimenting with depth of field, techniques of light control through extensive knowledge of the space and encouraged to create their own unique personal artwork. The course will also include an explanatory introduction to Photoshop techniques focusing on b/w, contrast, levels and sharpness. Instruction on re- photography technique, i.e.experimenting with the method of photographing the same subject at different points in time to produce a “then” versus “now” spectrum.The course will end with a field trip to the archaeological sites of the sanctuary of Artemis in Brauron and the temple of Poseidon at Cape Sounion followed by a final “wrap up” photo exhibition at the modern space of METAPOLIS.
No prior knowledge or prerequisite is needed. On an equipment level, an SLR digital camera is required otherwise a compact one


Students will share hotel rooms located in Athens close to the location of the classroom. Tuition fees also include the cost of all scheduled field trips during the program.

Application & Fees:

An application form can be send to you via email upon request.
Program Fees $2,000 or € 1,500
You will be asked in the application form to specify if you will be paying in USD or EUROS.
* A minimum participation of 5 students is required for the program to take place.

Payment Schedule:

Three steps:
• Application
• Deposit
• Balance
1. Application.
Following receipt of your application, Metapolis will notify you by email that a place has been reserved for you in the course.
2. Deposit.
To secure a place in the course a non-refundable deposit of $500 or €400 must be received by Metapolis within 15 WORKING DAYS from the date of the reservation e-mail (excluding
Saturdays/Sundays). This guarantees the student's place. Payment (deposit & balance) can be made in either U.S. Dollars or EUROS:
U.S. Dollars:
Checks in US Dollars should be made payable to Metapolis and posted to the following address:
Metapolis, 48-50 Aiolou Street, Athens, 105 60 - Greece.
Checks in EUROS should be made payable and sent to Metapolis as per U.S. Dollars instructions above. Alternatively, you can pay in EUROS by direct bank to bank transfer to be received as per dates above.
*Indicate on application form if you wish to pay in EUROS/bank details to follow with your reservation e-mail.
3. Balance of Payment.
Payment of the balance must be received by 30th May 2014.
*If for any reason the program is cancelled participants will be refunded in full.

Deadline for applications:

Places are limited so applications should be made as soon as possible. In all events, applications must be made no later than 16th May 2014. This date may be extended only if vacant places remain. If minimum enrolment is not met by April 16 the program will be cancelled.

Student conduct:

Students should conduct themselves at all times in accordance with the laws and customs of Greece. It is expected that students will take part fully in all activities of the program and exploit the opportunity to understand Greek culture/increase their cultural awareness.

Health & Safety:

Health and safety concerns are a constant priority at Metapolis. Its staff consistently reviews plans to ensure the highest and most vigilant standards are maintained throughout the participant's activities. A doctor's approval is not required to participate on Metapolis activities but we do recommend participants to have a check up before travelling to Greece. It is advisable that participants obtain valid medical insurance for Greece.

How to get to Athens

There is bus, metro and taxi connection from the Athens international airport (Eleftherios Venizelos) to the centre of Athens.
Fare for Taxis
DAY TIME FLAT FARE (05:00-24:00)
NIGHT TIME FLAT FARE (00:00-05:00)
Fares for Metro
Trip duration 40 min
From Airport (Line 3), Direction: Egaleo To: Syntagma
Ticket price: 8.00 Euros (Single-trip tickets to or from the AIRPORT) 14.00 Euros (return ticket or
group ticket for two persons)
20.00 Euros (group ticket for three persons)
Fares for bus
Trip duration 40 min to 1 hour depends of the traffic.
X95 Syntagma-Athens Airport Express. Direct Connection to Syntagma Square at Athens city center.
Ticket price: 5.00 Euros

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