As would be expected, the category of Politics is one of the most important from a perspective of volume (it consists of 4,432 photographs) and of subject matter variety. It is divided into two subcategories (Greece and International), which in turn are divided into 14 smaller sections. The criteria for this categorisation are chronological and thematic. As regards Greece, the established division of modern Greek history was adhered to (Post-war period, Dictatorship, Regime change), while three sections were added that were very broadly covered by photojournalism (the worker/student movement, the anti-dictatorship struggle, and terrorism). We decided to divide the International subcategory material based on the geographic and thematic criteria we meet in news reporting (America, Africa, the Middle East, etc.). Obviously, some of the telephotographs might meet criteria of more than one category or subcategory; such as those that are related to the Vietnam war (they could belong to the Asia or Cold War sub-series, or the Army category). In such cases, more attention was paid to the content of the photograph and the intention of the photographer (depicting the intensity and horror of war or emphasising political developments).


As the concept of history is to this day closely intertwined with the political development of a country, we can claim that this specific thematic section, more than any other, is part of the documentation/photography category, in the sense that these photographs record history, while they are also representations of events. Their value, therefore, is double, both as sources and simultaneous manufacturers of history. Besides, it is for that reason that political photographs are still the most widely circulated in photojournalism. They not only depict political life; they also shape it. In photographers’ most inspired moments, this depiction echoes the deeper spirit and truth of a historical moment; while in a worst-case scenario they merely act as propaganda.


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3/9/1970. Photograph of the passport of Italian doctor Elena-Maria Angeloni. On 2 September 1970, Cypriot Georgios Tsikouris and Elena-Maria Angeloni, members of the ‘Aris Velouchiotis’ organisation, which worked together with the Pan-Hellenic Anti-Dictatorship Front of Milan, attempted to place a bomb in the US Embassy building in Athens. However, the time-bomb went off early and they both died. It should be noted that Angeloni’s nephew, Carlo Giuliani, was murdered by a police officer in the summer of 2001 during the protests in Genoa.

21/8/1973. Release of political prisoners. Release of professor Sakis Karagiorgas. (photo Dimis Argyropoulos).

15/11/1973. Athens Polytechnic uprising (photo Dimis Argyropoulos).

23/7/1974. Upon receiving the news that a civil government was being appointed, that the dictatorship regime had collapsed, and that Konstantinos Karamanlis was returning from Paris, crowds of people poured onto the streets, as you can see in this photo at the Athens Polytechnic, in celebration, holding Greek flags (Florou Bros, Athenian Press Reportage).

29/7/1974. From a bus, Amalia Fleming greets the crowd gathered to welcome her at Hellinikon airport. (photo Dimis Argyropoulos).

16/8/1974. Arrival of Andreas Papandreou in Athens (photo Dimis Argyropoulos).

28/10/1974. PASOK election campaign rally in Rethimno (photo Dimis Argyropoulos).

9/12/1974. Crowds of people with placards gather on Stadiou Street, near Klathmonos Square, in celebration of the referendum result in favour of a Republic (with no monarch). (Photo Dimis Argyropoulos).

10/11/1981. Anarchist squat on Valtetsiou Street in Exarchia. Nikolas Asimos can be made out in the bottom window and Pavlos Sidiropoulos in the top window (Photo Grigoris Xanthos, Photojournalism Agency Enlargement).

22/11/1981. View of the parliament. MPs are watching Andreas Papandreou on the podium (photo by Dimis Argyropoulos).

12/1/1982. Event in support of the Polish people. Standing from left to right, Pole Severin Blumstein, journalist Michalis Raptis (“Pablo”), and the representative of the French committee for solidarity with the Polish people (Photo Florou Bros, Athenian Press Photoreportage).

21/09/1982. March to the Israeli Embassy in protest against the death of Palestinian civilians (Photo Grigoris Xanthos, Photojournalism Agency Enlargement).

21/09/1982. Three children at the march to the Israeli Embassy in protest against the death of Palestinian civilians (Photo Grigoris Xanthos, Photojournalism Agency Enlargement).

13/12/1982. Secretary General of the Communist Party of Greece (KKE) Charilaos Florakis at Hellinikon airport, welcoming the Soviet delegation arriving for the 11th KKE Congress in Athens (Photo Grigoris Xanthos, Photojournalism Agency Enlargement).

29/05/1983. K. Mitsotakis, A. Abatielos, and G. Arsenis in the ERT1 television studio. This is the first live political debate in the history of Greek television. The discussion concerned the law on the socialisation of public utility companies (Photo Grigoris Xanthos, Photojournalism Agency Enlargement).

09/05/1985. Youths set up roadblocks and light fires during the clashes at the School of Chemistry of the University of Athens (Photo Florou Bros, Athenian Press Photoreportage).

21/06/1985. President of France Francois Mitterrand, Prime Minister Andreas Papandreou, President of the Republic Christos Sartzetakis, and Minister of Culture Melina Merkouri at the Acropolis, at the ceremony for the declaration of Athens as Cultural Capital of Europe (Floroi Bros, Athenian Press Photoreportage).

06/08/1986. A human chain is formed by children at the Parthenon in the framework of the events against nuclear weapons by the ‘Appeal of the Acropolis for peace, life, and culture’ (Floroi Bros, Athenian Press Photoreportage).

15/11/1973. Athens Polytechnic uprising (photo Dimis Argyropoulos).

23/5/1982. Formal visit of the French Prime Minister to Greece. From left to right, French Prime Minister Pierre Marois, Greek Prime Minister Andreas Papandreou, and Minister of Culture Melina Merkouri (Photo Dimis Argyropoulos).

1/2/1983. Visit of the President of the Republic Konstantinos Karamanlis to Kalamata (Photo Dimis Argyropoulos).

26/3/1950. A snapshot of the parade in New York for the celebration of the Greek national anniversary of the 25th of March. During the parade, there were protests against the transportation of children by the Democratic Army to the Socialist Republics. In the photograph, a teenager can be made out in traditional garb holding a placard that reads: “We demand the return of our 28,000 children” (the photograph was published in ‘Akropoli’ newspaper).

31/05/1988. Preparation for the Greek bid for the 1996 Olympics. The Mayor of Athens, Miltiadis Evert, and Minister of Culture Melina Merkouri give an interview following their meeting with Prime Minister Andreas Papandreou at Kastri (Photo Florou Bros, Athenian Press Photoreportage).

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