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Collection Overview

Creator:
Zēmerēs, Kōstas
Collector:
Princeton University. Library. Special Collections
Title:
Princeton University Library Collection of Kōstas Zēmerēs Photographs
Repository:
Manuscripts Division
Permanent URL:
http://arks.princeton.edu/ark:/88435/vh53wz31j
Dates:
1900-1999
Size:
1 box and 1.7 linear feet
Storage Note:
Firestone Library (mss): Box 1
Language:
Greek, Modern English

Abstract

Kostas Zēmerēs was born in 1886 in Katēchōri Pelion. He studied at the Commercial School of Volos, where he took his first lessons from the painter Iōannēs Poulakas. In 1904 he went to the United States where he worked in photo labs collaborating with painters and photographers. There he had the opportunity to study at the Art Institute of Saint Louis. He returned to Greece in 1912 where he was recruited during the Balkan Wars. Later, after the World War I, he remained in Athens working with great photographers, such as George Bouka and Nelly's. Finally he returned to Volos where he worked as a professional photographer and painter. He participated in many exhibitions in Greece and abroad, such as in Calais (France) in 1925 and Liverpoool (England) in 1926. He received the gold medal at the International Exhibition of Thessalonikē (Greece) in 1932 and 1936. Zēmerēs gave us the unique photographs of the painter Theophilos Chatzēmichaēl. He died at the age of 96. Consists of an open collection of silver prints depicting Greek landscapes by Kōstas Zēmerēs.

Collection Description & Creator Information

Description:

Consists of an open collection of silver prints depicting Greek landscapes by Kōstas Zēmerēs. Included are: 1 image of Pēlion entitled "Prōinē voskē stēn Portaria" (Early grass in Portaria); 1 image of a winter scene in Kalyvia Volos; and 1 image of the church of Aghios Iōannēs Baxedōn Anō Volou. There are also two gelatin silver prints (23.4 x 29.8 cm. each) of street views of the city of Volos (Greece) signed and located on recto and verso: "Volos 1936. Hē Exōraistikē k[ai] to trenaki" and "Volos 1938. Hodos Iasonos k[ai] Antōnopoulou."

Handwritten captions in Greek.

Collection Creator Biography:

Zēmerēs, Kōstas

Kostas Zēmerēs was born in 1886 in Katēchōri Pelion. He studied at the Commercial School of Volos, where he took his first lessons from the painter Iōannēs Poulakas. In 1904 he went to the United States where he worked in photo labs collaborating with painters and photographers. There he had the opportunity to study at the Art Institute of Saint Louis. He returned to Greece in 1912 where he was recruited during the Balkan Wars. Later, after the World War I, he remained in Athens working with great photographers, such as George Bouka and Nelly's. Finally he returned to Volos where he worked as a professional photographer and painter. He participated in many exhibitions in Greece and abroad, such as in Calais (France) in 1925 and Liverpoool (England) in 1926. He received the gold medal at the International Exhibition of Thessalonikē (Greece) in 1932 and 1936. Zēmerēs gave us the unique photographs of the painter Theophilos Chatzēmichaēl. He died at the age of 96.

Note:

Photographs are either a gift of the Program in Hellenic Studies or acquired with matching funds by the Program in Hellenic Studies with the support of the Stanley J. Seeger Hellenic Fund.

Collection History

Acquisition:

Gift of the Program in Hellenic Studies with the support of the Stanley J. Seeger Hellenic Fund. (AM 2009-127; 2013-31; 2014-35; 2022-101)

Archival Appraisal Information:

No appraisal information is available.

Processing Information:

The collection was processed and organized by Kalliopi Balatsouka in 2009. Finding aid was written by Kalliopi Balatsouka in 2009. New materials were added to the collection and described in Finding Aid by Kalliopi Balatsouka during the years 2013-2014 and 2018-2022.

Access & Use

Access Restrictions:

The collection is open for research.

Conditions for Reproduction and Use:

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. No further photoduplication of copies of material in the collection can be made when Princeton University Library does not own the original. Inquiries regarding publishing material from the collection should be directed to RBSC Public Services staff through the Ask Us! form. The library has no information on the status of literary rights in the collection and researchers are responsible for determining any questions of copyright.

Credit this material:

Princeton University Library Collection of Kōstas Zēmerēs Photographs; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

Permanent URL:
http://arks.princeton.edu/ark:/88435/vh53wz31j
Location:
Firestone Library
One Washington Road
Princeton, NJ 08544, USA
(609) 258-3184