SSE / CAL Seminar Series - Monday, 5/12 - 1:30 PM - Oresitis Kourakis

Monday, May 12, 2014 ( 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm )

Location: Babbio 310

SSE / CAL Seminar Series
Creating Tomorrow's Technology to
Capture the Relics of the Past
Orestic Kourakis
Fulbright Artist and Photographer

ABSTRACT:  Students and faculty members from across the Institute are cordially invited to a lecture on archaeological photography. This highly specialized discipline requires cutting edge technology to help preserve a cultural record of the past in an ever-increasing globalized world. In this talk, Orestis Kourakis will discuss how the photograph of an archaeological item must record accurately, highlighting its distinctive features or qualities, and subtly providing more information than the naked eye perceives. This highly challenging process requires a sophisticated utilization of a number of techniques and technologies: light manipulation, digital infrared or ultraviolet photography, panoramic or three-dimensional photography, and robotics. This lecture will introduce students and faculty members to archaeological photography, an exciting new field which stands at the intersection of art and science. Kourakis will demonstrate how innovations in the technology of photography provide an accurate and aesthetically pleasing documentation of cultural heritage that serves the needs of the professional community and the general public equally. For this lecture, Kourakis will speak about the theoretical underpinnings of the field, particularly with regard to where the art and practice of photography becomes an indispensable constituent of the scientific study of the material culture.

BIOGRAPHY:  Orestis Kourakis is a Fulbright Fellow, specialised in archaeological photography. In 2013 he initiated an interactive platform for Ancient Greek and Roman collections as a visiting research scholar at Columbia University. Moreover, he initiated an interactive multisensory museum education project as a visiting artist in residence at Stevens Institute of Technology. In 2011, he has been selected by the Louvre Museum exclusive photographer for the 2011-2012 “Ancient Macedonia, the kingdom of Alexander the Great” exhibition at Louvre. He has been the official and exclusive photographer and cinematographer of the Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki (Greece) since 2006 and has collaborated with many leading museums and institutions worldwide. He teaches photography and post production in the American College of Thessaloniki since 2010 and has given series of lectures on archaeological photography at many institutions worldwide. His work has been published in more than 50 scientific books and journals and has had 20 group and solo exhibitions worldwide. Apart from archaeological photography he has been the cinematographer and editor of awarded archaeological documentaries.