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The Greek File: Images from a Mythic Land [Hardcover]

William Abranowicz
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May 4 2001
A stunning collection by William Abranowicz, The Greek File captures the essence of Greece-an alluring country where life itself itself is stripped down to its most essential components and the ordinary becomes extraordinary. From a single white cloud floating in a clear sky to a wrinkled linen shirt drying in the sun to shores dotted with throngs of buildings like pebbles washed in from the sea, Abranowicz's work elevates simple everyday objects to objects of austere beauty. These photographs capture the many facets of the Greek islands: their serenity, exceptional light, and arresting art and architecture.

Just as Abranowicz reveals the beauty of Greece through imagery, so too does world-renowned author and scholar Edmund Keeley unveil the subtle poetry of this Hellenic paradise. With an introduction by Keeley as well as an excerpt from The Colossus of Maroussi by Henry Miller, this elegantly designed volume is both a visual and literary treasure that is as rich and enchanting as the country it portrays.


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"Abranowicz has taken advantage of the spectacular Aegean light to create wonderfully luminous photographs filled with a serenity that is quintessential Greece. This is a wonderful book."--Tom Baril, author of Botanica

"Bill Abranowicz, like all great travelers, seems on intimate terms with his subject, no matter how foreign. This book is full of details, exquisitely rendered, that together provide a charming, contemporary portrait of one of Western civilization's most enduring cultures. The Greek File shows a place and a people as they really are. Still, there is magic in these images. Abranowicz is easily one of the world's best photographers and just possibly one of its most lyrical poets."--Thomas J. Wallace, Editor-in-Chief, Condé Nast Traveler

About the Author

After graduating from the School of Visual Arts in New York City, William Abranowicz assisted renowned photographers George A. Tice and Horst P. Horst. As a printmaker he printed the negatives of Michael Disfarmer, Horst, George Hoyningen Heune, and Edward Steichen. He has taught photography at Parsons School of Design and the New School for Social Research. A contributing photographer for Condé Nast Traveler, he has also photographed regularly for Martha Stewart Living since the magazine's inception. He has photographed features for the New York Times Magazine, House and Garden, Elle Décor, and In Style. His photographs are exhibited at the Bonni Benrubi Gallery in New York City and are in public, private, and corporate collections throughout the world. Abranowicz was recently nominated for Life magazine's Alfred Eisenstadt Award for travel photography. He lives in Bedford, New York.

Edmund Keeley, a graduate of Princeton and Oxford, taught from 1954 to l994 at Princeton, where he served for some years as Director of the Creative Writing Program and of the Program in Hellenic Studies and where he is now Charles Barnwell Straut Professor of English Emeritus. The author of a number of novels and works of non-fiction, including Inventing Paradise: The Greek Journey, 1937-1947, which earned him the 1999 Critic's Prize of the London Hellenic Society, he is also an award-winning translator of many important modern Greek poets. Most recently he received an Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters (1999) and the PEN/Ralph Manheim Medal for Translation (2000) as career awards. He lives in Princeton, New Jersey, and Athens, Greece.


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5.0 out of 5 stars Images that reflect both mood and soul. May 7 2001
Format:Hardcover
You will swear that some of these images are pencil drawings and others a part of a dream. William Abranowicz is a gifted photographer whose passion for pristine landscapes and still life reinvents this artform. As a collector of his work, I was thrilled to see his first book published. The world has enjoyed his images without knowing they were enjoying the world through his eyes. Through his lens, we see a world that invites all the senses to be aroused. I will cherish this book as a personal treasure from my friend.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Images that reflect both mood and soul. May 6 2001
By Jon Giswold - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
You will swear that some of these images are pencil drawings and others a part of a dream. William Abranowicz is a gifted photographer whose passion for pristine landscapes and still life reinvents this artform. As a collector of his work, I was thrilled to see his first book published. The world has enjoyed his images without knowing they were enjoying the world through his eyes. Through his lens, we see a world that invites all the senses to be aroused. I will cherish this book as a personal treasure from my friend.
5.0 out of 5 stars The Greek File: Images from a Mythic Land is a nice book with beautiful images Dec 22 2013
By Christopher J. Cowen - Published on Amazon.com
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The Greek File: Images from a Mythic Land is a very beautiful book of photography of Greece. The author and photographer William Abranowicz has a real gift for capturing the essence of Greece. This book features some of the most beautiful images I have ever seen of Greece. Whether the photos are of detailed landscapes or simple cloud formation all of the images pop with life. No two images from this book are the same. Each image tells a story. I got this book as a gift for my mother who loves Greece and I think she will love this book as well. I would definitely recommend this book whether as a gift for someone else or for yourself.

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5.0 out of 5 stars An emotional experience. May 31 2011
By betsy brown - Published on Amazon.com
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Who would guess that black and white images of Greece would be such an emotional experience? Every page is sculpture. This is a book I will treasure.
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