24 April - 24 May 2015
In the framework of the Latvian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, the Embassy of the Republic of Latvia presented an exhibition of photography “Egons Spuris. RIGA: 19th and Early 20th Century Proletarian Districts” at the Image Gallery in Athens.
Egons Spuris (1931-1990) was one of the most prominent Latvian photographers. He was born in Riga―the city to which he dedicated his most significant work with the series “The Proletarian Districts of Rīga (1970-1980)” that includes approximately 7,500 negatives and hundreds of printed photographs. Spuris had a great influence on Baltic and Soviet fine art photography. He followed what he described as a subjective documentary style. By focusing on the primacy of the photographer and the medium itself, Spuris detached himself from the implications of the traditional role of the Soviet photograph—reflected reality—as evidence and/or propaganda.
Spuris has received medals from the PSA (Photographic Society of America) as well as he earned the most excellent title AFIAP (Artist) from the International Federation of Photographic Art. In 1975 he was the first Soviet artist to receive a gold medal. His photographs have been exhibited in eighteen solo shows and he also participated in a large number of group exhibitions in 48 countries.
The exhibition showed a selection of 54 high quality photographic reproductions copied from the original photographs made by the artist himself. Copying and processing of the photographs has been done by Greek photographer Elias Cosindas.