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In the book’s one hundred photographs, the human element is the primary feature: the ordinary Greek at moments in his daily life during the difficult postwar years. Residents of remote villages in Epirus occupy a special position in Balafas’s work, especially Epirot women who, under the most adverse conditions, fought the harsh battle for survival. His style is characterised by austerity and his compositions by simplicity with no desire to modify or prettify. Costas Balafas set his seal on Greek photography, representing the humanist current that developed internationally in the mid-20th century as an antidote to the atrocity of war. His work, beyond its photographic value, constitutes a unique source of testimony to the country’s history.
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