New York.- The Cyprus-US Chamber of Commerce and the Cyprus Federation of America, in collaboration with the Friends of Cyprus Arts and Letters present an illustrated lecture, “Phlamoudhi: From the Bronze Age to the Digital Era”, by author and photographer Ian J. Cohn. This is a fascinating account of life in a small village on the north coast of Cyprus, as seen, photographed, and experienced in 1972 by photographer/ author Ian J. Cohn, and the friendship that developed between him and the villagers, now displaced.
A special guest, Savvas Georgiou – a former resident of the village – is flying in from London to make introductory comments, and to put into context what these photographs have meant to his family and community.
In 1972, while serving as photographer to the Columbia University, New York, archaeological expedition, Mr. Cohn documented life in this remote northern coastal village. These photographs tell the story of Phlamoudhi before the displacement of 1974, a place known otherwise largely through memory.
In these pictures, we see in great detail what life was like in this remote section of northern Cyprus – and though the date stamp may read twentieth century, our eyes tell us that it was anything but “modern.” Less than two years later, Phlamoudhi was forever changed with the invasion of Turkish forces – the village abandoned, its Greek Cypriot population scattered near and far.
Returning to Cyprus to exhibit these pictures at the Cyprus Museum in 2009, Mr. Cohn discovered that, despite displacement, the spirit of the villagers is still very much alive.
Seating is limited. Presentation will begin promptly at 6:15 p.m.
Please RSVP to Despina Axiotakis at email@example.com as soon as possible to reserve your place.
A reception with refreshments and book signing will follow the presentation. Wines kindly provided by Euro Cyprus Wine Association.
The book, The Faces of Phlamoudhi, is also available online at www.FacesofPhlamoudhi.com.