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The News Stand by StamatisGR The News Stand by StamatisGR
During a cold bikeride in Athens center,
Omonoia Square at 00.39 at 1st night of 2009 .

Omonoia square has news stands that remain open 24 hours a day.
Next day's newspapers can be bought late at night.
People gather around the news stands and talk about next day's headlines, sometimes untill the morning comes.

Dedicated to D'Artagnan (!Eliza-mac)
and my fellow musketeers (!stuartperry & !damien-c)





EDIT 18th February 2009
A fellow deviant from Albuquerque-USA, Tracey Dahl
saw my picture and wrote a wonderful essay about it: [link]

"GRECIAN NEWS
There is a photograph in the far reaches of the Internet that I often day dream about. I study its black and white composure and dream of traveling. I dream of happening upon this late night sanctuary of a new stand, nestled in the community of Athens. I observe the men and the dog uniting there, discussing the world events. I can't help but to believe in humanity again, to see that business hasn't gotten in the way of community. That communal essence of a city will bring us together again.
As night envelopes the city, and tucks the rest of Greece in, there is a newsstand open at all hours, steeped in culture and community. Athenian men gather here to get the daily news the night before. The freshly printed newspapers are piled haphazardly a top of one another. The table has a vexatious bend in the middle, slightly buckling under the weight of yesterdays sorrows. It is simply poetic. The harsh glow of unadulterated light bulbs illuminates the evening in reality, highlights the business of these men. Speaking with one another and reading newspapers, enjoying the late night glow, these are all here. A dog stands behind its owner, ever loyal, and wags its tail in the prospect of meeting strangers. The men in the corner acknowledge the dog, wry, boyhood smiles overwhelm their wrinkled faces. The shadows are as diverse as the men, yet not as old. It is comforting to know that the sunset will not change all things.
This picture was taken on January 1st, 2009, a time when the entire world is in a whirlpool of turmoil. The invasion of Gaza is on everyone's mind, as well as the pending nature of the economy. Its hard to imagine the Greek headlines. The prospect of war is familiar to this country's past, the familiarity must be haunting. The Christmas lights hung on the window are a stark contrast to the printed content, piled below. These men here are strangers, but they gather for a single need for information.
The Internet has widely made printed newspapers obsolete, there is so much data coming in daily, its hard to organize what is important. The simple beauty of a news stand is the fact that this information is patient. This information is for those with minds to digest slowly and react in haste. These men are patient in a tumultuous world, the upheaval of so many ideas are here, discussed between strangers becoming friends. It is the re birthing of Socratic Method. Ideas evolving in a public arena, as informal as a news stand is, is quintessential to us all.
This photograph is organic. It is old men uprooting new ideas, turning street corners into congress. Communities have been built upon this. Your opinion is relevant as long as you make it known, your words will be heard here. Late night discussion have written constitutions and created nations. This news stand turns men into boys and back again, simply because, under this harsh light, they are raw and exposed. They are humbled by dogs and Christmas lights and emblazoned in ink from wet newspapers. This community is organic, holding in their hands, the world's yesterdays and tomorrows. Community will hold it all together and bring it all back."

I thank her from the depths of my heart and wish her the best for her life :heart:
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Given 2009-01-05
The News stand by =StamatisGR has great lighting and some wonderful interactions within it. To quote the suggester: A classic composition, perfectly lit. Street with the feel of a Renaissance masterpiece! ( Suggested by Eliza-mac and Featured by bQw )
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Markotxe Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
pretty contrast !
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:iconstamatisgr:
StamatisGR Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2013   Photographer
Thank you! 
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:iconharisdrako:
HarisDrako Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012
:clap::clap::clap: !!! :worship::worship::worship:!!!:iconwineplz:
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:iconmangawhio:
mangawhio Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2012
That's a great shot under difficult lighting conditions. Hand held?
Jealous!
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:iconstamatisgr:
StamatisGR Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2012   Photographer
always hand held, thanks!
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:icontrinit94:
Trinit94 Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012  Student Photographer
Incredible!
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:iconstamatisgr:
StamatisGR Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2012   Photographer
Thank you! :)
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:iconmynameisfaerie:
mynameisfaerie Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Hello! Wonderful photo! I drew some of the people in it. [link]
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:iconstamatisgr:
StamatisGR Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2012   Photographer
:)
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:iconjust-yug:
Just-Yug Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2012  Student Writer
πολυ ομορφη :)
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:iconstamatisgr:
StamatisGR Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2012   Photographer
ευχαριστώ :)
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:iconumbrapen:
Umbrapen Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2012
Great candid shot, as others have said, but also--magnificent exposure. Such perfect range.
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:iconstamatisgr:
StamatisGR Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2012   Photographer
Thank you! :)
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:iconjujumilani:
jujuMilani Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
It's almost like everything was arrenged,in a messy way....it's so perfect,but it's not a beautiful place with beatiful people,but its beatiful
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:iconstamatisgr:
StamatisGR Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2012   Photographer
Maybe it's beautiful because it's true.
Thank you so much!
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:iconjujumilani:
jujuMilani Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
no problem at all,actually i wanted to download the pic to put as my screen image....but i couldn't,so i'm depressed now
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oceaniclove Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2011
Very nice!
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:iconstamatisgr:
StamatisGR Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2011   Photographer
Thank you!
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:icondukeofspade:
dukeofspade Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Hi,
This work was featured in the 9th Edition of my “In The Box Feature”
[link]
Enjoy and have a great day!!!
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:iconcrowmanic:
CrowManIC Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Excellent detail ...
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:iconnunocanha:
NunoCanha Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
So many stories in a single frame!
Great shot, great detail.
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:iconstamatisgr:
StamatisGR Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2011   Photographer
Obrigado Nuno!
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:iconnunocanha:
NunoCanha Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
:thumbsup:
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:iconmilanogreg:
Milanogreg Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2011
A feast for the eyes! So much to look at and so much going on. Great shot!
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:iconstamatisgr:
StamatisGR Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2011   Photographer
Thank you! :)
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:iconada34:
Ada34 Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2011  Student Photographer
Superb !!!!
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:iconstamatisgr:
StamatisGR Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2011   Photographer
:bow:
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:iconjazzhead:
Jazzhead Featured By Owner May 11, 2011
Beautifully done.
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:iconstamatisgr:
StamatisGR Featured By Owner May 11, 2011   Photographer
Thank you! :)
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:iconsudor:
SUDOR Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2011
"Joli" black an white !
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:iconstamatisgr:
StamatisGR Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2011   Photographer
Merci!
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:icongzib:
gzib Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Bravo!!!
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:iconstamatisgr:
StamatisGR Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2011   Photographer
s eyxaristw!
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:icongzib:
gzib Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
to aksize i sygkekrimena me xilia, ase pou exw peripou kamia dekaetia pou efyga apo Athina kai lysmonisa ligaki tin Omonia.
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tzaj Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2011  Professional Photographer
Love it! :love:
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:iconstamatisgr:
StamatisGR Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2011   Photographer
Thank you! :)
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Danutza88 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Hello!:) This photo was featured here: [link] :huggle:
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:iconstamatisgr:
StamatisGR Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2011   Photographer
Thank you! :)
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:iconiconnic:
iconnic Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2010
hmm it won't open :S
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:iconfaddoush:
Faddoush Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2010
Katapliktiki, bebaios egw tin 8imame kai apo kapo allou :D
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:iconstamatisgr:
StamatisGR Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2010   Photographer
S eyxaristw poly file mou!
Toulaxiston edw mporei na thn dei kapoios :)
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nikonS210 Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2010
Flawless, monochrome, Thank you :)
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:iconstamatisgr:
StamatisGR Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2010   Photographer
Thank you very much! :)
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m-lucia Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2010
:wow: How could I have missed this...?! :ashamed:
It's so very... SPECIAL! It certainly deserved that DD and that beautiful essay :clap:
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:iconstamatisgr:
StamatisGR Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2010   Photographer
Muito obrigado Lucia! :hug:
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Demonic-Rabbit Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2010
The expressions in this are fantastic. My favourites are the two old men at the back, chit chatting about the dog
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:iconstamatisgr:
StamatisGR Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2010   Photographer
Thank you! :)
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obviologist Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2010  Professional Photographer
Cartie-Bresson would be proud (well ok, I cant actually speak for the man) to see such a great example of the Decisive moment, I loved this image so much I put a thumbnail to it in my latest featurette in my journal.

Hope you don't mind
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:iconstamatisgr:
StamatisGR Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2010   Photographer
Thank you for your very kind words and for appreciating one of my most favorite images! :)
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Worldincoffee Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2010
Featured: [link]
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