Athens - Scenes from a Capital City


Illustrated by John Cleave, Text by Nikos Vatopoulos
96 pp, 210 mm x 260 mm

ISBN: 978-981-4155-32-8
RRP USD25.00 buy from amazon

Category: Sketchbook & Notebook Series
Theme: Europe
Series: Sketchbooks

Vibrant and rapidly evolving Athens, confluence of the ancient and modern worlds, is the subject of this colourful pictorial essay. Historic monuments crown this mythology-laden city — from the bare marble grandeur of the Parthenon and the Theatre of Dionysus to the stately ruins of the temple of Olympian Zeus. Athens’ conjunction of the very old and the relatively new results in many quaint neighbourhoods. Tour Plaka, the oldest quarter of modern Athens; the market district of Monastiraki; the cafés and bars of Psirri; or the excellent museums and trendy boutiques of Kolonaki.

In addition, explore the wider Athens, set against the sun-drenched hill of Lycabettus and the glistening waters of the Saronic Gulf. Architectural photographer John Cleave has taken his original photographs of post-Olympic Athens and modified them with the use of Adobe Photoshop, creating an individual and artistic rendering of the enchanting city.


John Cleave is an architectural photographer working in Washington where he has lived for over 30 years. His photographs have been widely shown and published in books and journals, and he has lectured in photography for the Smithsonian Institution. Britain-born Cleave was for many years with the World Bank and holds degrees in economics from London and Oxford and a PhD from Stanford. He has been visiting Greece for many years.


Nikos Vatopoulos was born in 1960 and is a writer with the  Kathimerini newspaper, one of the leading newspapers in Greece. He writes on architecture, literature and city culture, as well as profiles of writers and architects. He has published a book in English on Athens, called Facing Athens, the Facades of a Capital City.


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