|STAVROS DAGTZIDIS (HELLAS)
IN THE BUILDING SITE
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.
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.