Daily Bread Stories from Rural Greece

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A fine-art book of photographs and stories culled from 10 years of road trips through remote areas of Greece.  Daily Bread offers a a fresh look at Greece while presenting a new kind of storytelling.  The Greek story has been much in the news but Daily Bread presents a Greece instead with real people plucked from rural villages. Determined to break the stereotype of  news stories publicizing only the economic crisis, photographer/storyteller Beatrice Hamblett, brings a multitude of voices to her work. The reader will meet farmers, bakers, fisherman people living simple lives in small villages held together by family and traditions. You will meet Litza, a young woman who rises at 4 a.m. daily to open her bakery in a mountain village near Albania. Elias will come to life, a handsome, rugged man living alone with his herd of 500 sheep above the meadows of Kato Pedina. The faces of Takis and Riko, a sheep farmer and his Albanian assistant, will speak of the toils of milking and tending animals, year in and year out. In both her photographs and stories, Hamblett reaches for the moments that distill the essence of character and occasion, moments that celebrate the ancient traditions, the love of family,  the courage and dignity of a people as they embrace the 21st century.

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About the Author:

Beatrice Hamblett lives and works in Washington, DC and Skopelos, Greece. In the last 15 years, she has exhibited her photographs extensively both nationally and internationally. In July 2009, she was the recipient of a grant from Washington DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (DCCAH) that helped make possible many of the photographs in Daily Bread. Her work has been featured in Athens News, Athens Voice, Washington Post, as well as in numerous other magazines, newspapers, and websites. Her photographs are included in the publication Spells for Forgetting, a collection of photographs from Leptokaria, Greece (2012), as well as in the U.S. Federal Reserve Board Art Collection. She holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in Writing from Columbia University, New York, NY. All the photographs in Daily Bread were shot with a Hasselblad medium-format film camera and developed and printed by the artist.

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Beatrice Hamblett is an old-style roving photographer perfectly willing to take the time necessary to get the shot she wants. She travels great distances, more often than not by herself, to offer the rest of us her vision of a world that has existed for centuries yet remains on the cusp of modernity. Daily Bread's cover gives only the barest hint of what is to be found inside: a realm most of us will never be fortunate (or daring) enough to explore. Leafing through Daily Bread is a delight. Flip the pages quickly to get an overview, then start again, slowly this time, to discover a brave old world of enduring values and traditions. This is a singular book, a labor of love, and Hamblett's devotion to her craft shines on every page. --Thierry Sagnier, writer

In Daily Bread, the author takes us not just on road trips but mountain trips deep into remote areas where she creates one-of-a-kind photographs that promote the wonders and beauty of Greece. She has exposed even Greeks to these areas like Epirus, a mountainous region of the northwest, that many of us do not know. The vernacular architecture, too, which she photographs was something to be forgotten. She has brought international attention to the master craftsmen who constructed the stone villages throughout Epirus and also to their unique history. We are all very grateful for her efforts. --Zoe Kosmidou, PH.D.

The writer's narratives are so compelling. All the stories, both words and images, flow together beautifully. I really felt I was there on the road trips. I came away with such a wonderful feeling of people and place, an affirmation of life. --Carol Barsha, Painter

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