CULTURE

Photo show for New Democracy’s 29th anniversary

Aristotelis (Aris) Sarricostas is the photographer who took the historic picture of the tank that crushed the gate of the Polytechnic during the student uprising against the junta on November 17, 1973, sending the image of the scene around the world. Sarricostas, who was a photographer for The Associated Press, risked his life, along with Kathimerini photographer Vassilis Karamanolis, to record not only the outrages committed on that particular day but the climate of the times and the spirit of those young people’s uprising, both inside and outside the Polytechnic. A photographer whose photographs of Athens are shown around the world at a number of exhibitions and cultural events needs no introduction. All that is needed is the announcement that Sarricostas will be opening an exhibition of his photographs this coming Monday, December 1, at 8 p.m. at the Piraeus Art Gallery at 91 Iroon Polytechniou Street. The exhibition, titled «Twenty-nine Years of the New Democracy Party,» covers events involving members of the party since the fall of the dictatorship in 1974. Organized by the Piraeus Municipal Enterprise for Cultural Development, the show will be inaugurated by Mayor Christos Agrapidis. Invitations have been sent to all those who appear in the photographs (and who are still living). As for the great protagonist himself, the party’s founder Constantine Karamanlis, he is depicted in some of his finest hours. Those of us who lived through those times, with their ups and downs, will have many memories rekindled. As for the party’s present and future, that appears rosy, as opposed to the black and white of many of Sarricostas’s photographs. The exhibition will run until Sunday, December 7 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. every day including Saturdays, and on Sundays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.