The Greek embassy in Washington D.C. is currently hosting the photo exhibition of Dody Tsiantar, “Glimpses of Greece: Door Portraits”. The exhibition, which will be on display until June 15, features stunning photographs taken by Tsiantar on her iPhone of Greece’s bright and beautiful doors.
The photo exhibition will be available to view on weekdays between 11:00 and 15:00 at the Embassy of Greece at 2217 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C.
Door Portraits Exhibition comes to Greek embassy in Washington D.C.
The exhibition features the photography of Dody Tsiantar, a retired adjunct professor at Columbia University’s J School and a journalist, who shares her affection for Greece by capturing its essence using her iPhone camera.
“Her fascination with doorways began years ago on a visit to the Greek island of Santorini where she noticed a bright red door that stood out against the sea and bright white island houses,” reads a description of the event. “It was there that the magical journey of capturing this unique part of Greece’s beauty began.”
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The photo exhibition promises to deliver a combination of aesthetic appeal and artistic intrigue. Tsiantar expresses that “doors represent a promise of opportunities, mystery, and even, secrets.”
“You cannot help but wonder what has transpired behind them once or what we will find once we open them. It could be a warm welcome, something new, or even challenging. Or opening a door could possibly reveal something familiar but long forgotten. Every door holds a unique possibility and story,” continues a description of the exhibition.
The Greek architectural aesthetic
Santorini, where Tsiantar was first inspired to embark on her photographic journey, is well known for its iconic architecture, not least the famous blue and white houses which are also a common sight on the island of Mykonos.
There are practical, aesthetic, and legal reasons for the iconic appearance of Greek homes on islands like Santorini, Mykonos, Paros, and Naxos. The most apparent reason is that residents on the Greek islands painted their houses white to reflect the sunlight and keep their homes cool during the hot winter months.
In 1938, a national order mandated the painting of island homes in blue and white. This was during a cholera outbreak across the country and by painting the houses white with a mixture containing limestone – which has disinfectant qualities – it was believed that the spread of the disease could be contained.
Off course, a happy accident of these circumstances is that many parts of Greece are now well known for their pleasing aesthetics. In many Greek homes, the doors are themselves another beautiful feature, painted in bright blues, greens, reds, and other colors.
Visitors to the Greek embassy in Washington D.C. will now have the opportunity to see a spectacular photo exhibition showcasing the unique architectural aesthetic of Greece.