CULTURE

A different look at the city, nature

Costas Zimeris (1886-1980) stood out from other photographers in the city of Volos and a selection of his photographs and paintings are currently on display until January 11 at the municipal Giorgio de Chirico Arts Center of Volos. Like other photographers who hailed from the prefecture of Magnesia after the 1890-1900 period, Zimeris developed a very personal style, especially after 1916, when he was finally able to become more actively involved in his photographic pursuits after returning from the United States and serving in the Greek military. His multifaceted work, which is open to different interpretations, continues to stand out today for its sensitive depiction of the urban and natural world. A student of Antonis Rafanidis, Zimeris was a prolific photographer who captured hundreds of scenes of Volos and Mount Pelion, many of which have used for postcards. Through his photographs and paintings, Zimeris created his own unique scenes, capturing the people of the city, its streets and environs. He followed in the footsteps of Stephanos Stournaris, an artist who spearheaded the local artistic style of the region, and was helped by the financial and urban development of the area. His work that is on show in the exhibition represents the ongoing efforts by the city of Volos to promote its cultural heritage and its artists.