For years now, the fall has meant the inauguration of photography exhibitions at city art galleries and cultural venues all over Athens. At the end of September, the International Month of Photography, which is organized by the Hellenic Center for Photography and HCP’s founder Stavros Moresopoulos, will open in the capital. It includes exhibitions on international and Greek photography and looks into the history of photography as well as its contemporary aspect. The central theme in the event, which celebrates its 20th anniversary this year, is titled «On Faces» and explores the different aspects of portraits in photography. Part of the program includes a large exhibition on the work of the late Voula Papaioannou, one of the classic names in Greek photography and a pioneer in human interest photography of the inter-war and postwar period. Other highlights are an exhibition on Jens Liebchen’s work that explores the relationship of politics to art, and a presentation on the work of George Georgiou from his travels in Serbia, Cyprus and Turkey. The program is not yet final and organizers of the event are inviting photographers to submit their proposals until June 20. The International Month of Photography will open on September 27. Another event which will be held at the same time is the five-year-old Kythera Photographic Encounters, which photographer and writer John Stathatos established on the island of Kythera. Besides photography exhibitions, the event includes a conference, lectures and the Milos award, which each year is given to a short-listed Greek publication on photography (albums, monographs, anthologies, critical studies, books on the theory or history of photography as well as catalogs of photography exhibitions are all categories covered by the competition). Authors or publishers are invited to submit their proposals.