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STAVROS DAGTZIDIS (HELLAS)
IN THE BUILDING SITE

16/2-28/3 1998
SUPPORTED BY THE MUNICIPAL DEPARTMENT OF ARCHITECTURE
THE MUNICIPAL LIBRARY BUILDING UNDER CONSTRUCTION
ETHNIKIS AMINIS AND ALEXANDROY SBOLOU
VISIBLE 24HOURS FROM THE STREET



Hot coffee and doughnuts, sports talk and spats. Nothing serious, though. Seven a.m. Round the fire in the drum. Warming the hands, thawing the tonsils. And then it's up with the adze, the shovel, the cement-mixer, the forms, let's have no rain to spoil the concrete, no rain to wash out a day's wages... The photographer does not intrude; he simply visits, joins the group, warming his hands at the fire and exchanging jokes. He does not steal their souls: he takes their picture, says "so long", leaves, comes back, is greeted with a "what's up, doc?", then it's "shove over a bit", "do something about that hair, mate", and they laugh, spit on their hands, and go back to work.

Thanasis Raptis

Stavros Dagtzidis was born in 1948 in Komotini. A founding member and a member of the Board of the Thessaloniki Photography Centre, he has taken part in numerous group exhibitions. This, his second one-man show, consists of ten plastic-coated 120 x 130 cm photographs hung high on the scaffolding of a building under construction.