The visitors of the unique exhibition, which is to be opened on February 10, 2011 at the Cultural Foundation of the National Bank of Greece in Thessaloniki, will be able to plunge into the atmosphere of more than century-year old Greece. And although the exhibition is called "Constantinople 1900 - photographic tour of T. Wild" and there is presented a set of panoramic photographs of Istanbul, according to Christos Kalemkeris, collector and organizer of the exhibition, "The whole appearance of the city of the early 20th century preserved many Hellenic traditions, and, moreover, Greece played an important economic and social role in the life of Istanbul, which can be seen on the exposed photographs.
Visitors of the exhibition will be able to see the waters of the Bosphorus, majestic bridges, bustling port, city market and other views of the city, taken by the camera of the English traveler Wild, who visited Constantinople at the beginning of XX century serving the British intelligence. Subsequently, T. Wild donated his archive (which included several thousands of well-preserved photos) to the museum.
In addition, at the photo exhibition will displayed rare photographs from the private collection of Christos Kalemkeris, including the work of the first Greek photographer Filippos Margaritis, as well as portraits of historical persons, Greece views and foreign photos from the time of photography inventing to our days.
The National Bank of Greece - Cultural Center of Northern Greece, where will be held the exhibition, was founded in 1989 and located in the Kapandzi villa, an aristocracy building of the early 19th century. The cultural center hosts exhibitions of paintings, sculpture, photography, architecture and various activities related to the history of the city and region. The museum collection includes about 250 works of painting, sculpture, ceramics, mosaics, murals and prints.