The photographs that are displayed on
the walls of the hotel are works of photographer Yannis Skoulas.
His love of jazz has led him to take photos for more
than 20 years (1986-2007) of the elite of jazz and blues
musicians that have visited Athens.
Most of the photos on display are unpublished and
are shown for the first time in Kimon hotel.
The photos are placed on a grid following the
order one sees them in the space as they climb the hotel's
neoclassical staircase until they reach the rooms.
The brochure was not intended to serve as an exhibition
catalog but as a “map” that guides the visitor,
that was the reason we chose to make the photos black and
white so that they won’t “steal” the value of the actual photos,
also using only one ink during the printing process makes it
economical and more ecological at the same time.
The photos have been shot using positive film (slides)
and they have not undergone any digital image processing.
During shooting, the iso of the film increases manually and
the aperture shrinks by 2 stops, while the development of
the photos in the darkroom takes place in twice the
time designated by the manufacturer.
This personal technique of the photographer,
in conjunction with the use of vaseline on the lens,
make light diffuse and create a sense of the musician or
their instrument being self-luminous.
In order to compliment the great contrast between light and
shadow that these photos have and being analogue in a digital era,
we designed an actual folder taken from the classic Folder Icon
one can find in computer interfaces that contains this catalogue-map.
The Folder was made from thick steel plate,
powder coated black.
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