Shades of Love

11.28.2011

By Raef Harrison

Photographer Dimitris Yeros delves into the world of love and romance, illustrating the works of Greek poet Constantine P. Cavafy with his captivating imagery.

Dimitris Yeros is a painter, a sculptor, and a photographer. But like other multidisciplinary artists before him—particularly Man Ray, with whom he shares much in common—Yeros approaches each different medium in radically different ways. With his photography, he is the master of the male form. In both the images by Yeros and the poems of Constantine Cavafy, the themes of desire and memory are played out against bodies of perfect beauty.

In the foreword to Shades of Love, Edward Albee writes of Cavafy:

"I remember I began reading Cavafy when I was quite young—when all the juices which sprang from his poetry were within me as well. I read him in translation, of course, and, first, in imperfect readings; then as the equivalencies improved, in better versions of the original. In whatever readings, I found his poetry so vivid, so personal, so beautiful, so powerful that I was aware of being in the presence of a great poet, one whose concerns echoed mine and whose mastery was thrilling."

See a slide show of photographs from the book, along with the accompanying poetry that inspired it.

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