Entitled Cultural Intervals, the exhibition is organised with the assistance of the Cyprus Photographic Society and will only be on display at the Melina Mercouri Hall until Saturday, leaving visitors just a precious few days to get a look.
When it comes to exhibitions, ambassadors usually have the honour of opening them, but in this case Papaioannou is the artist behind the lens.
Few things inspire both mind and spirit like a great travel photo.
Photography proves to be a special means of both informing and expressing the true and noble feelings of the photographer himself, and in this case it’s an esteemed diplomat.
The ambassador presents photos from his travels, opening windows on fascinating, faraway places many of us would like to visit.
The son of a priest, Beirut-born and raised, Papaioannou lived in Lebanon until 1967. In the aftermath of the six-day war, the family repatriated to Athens.
A few years later, he went to Toulouse for his studies in political sociology and anthropology. That’s where he met Ellada, his wife, whose parents are both Paphos-born Cypriots who had emigrated to Congo, Africa.
During the course of his long and distinguished career he worked for three years in an investment bank. He was involved in investment promotion, exercising sociology and anthropology skills.
Since then he has served as a diplomat all around the world, including Damascus, before taking over the Nicosia embassy in February 2009.
While the diplomat is an avid photographer, he also loves painting as well as reading literature.
Photography exhibition by the Ambassador of Greece Vassilis Papaioannou. Until February 4. Melina Merkouri Hall, Famagusta Gate. Open daily: 10am-1pm & 4pm-7pm. Tel: 22-797650