The Greek photographer Margarita Mavromichalis is showing off shots she took of the devasting Hurricane Sandy that rocked New York saying she hopes it will help raise funds to help the victims as part of a drive conducted by the city’s Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
The photographs illustrate the size of the ecological disaster and human pain and are presented at the Consulate General of Greece in New York.
The opening of the exhibition took place on April 15, led by Greek Consul General George Iliopoulos. The Mayor’s Office Director of Intergovernmental Affairs, Haeda Mihaltses, Greece’s deputy permanent representative to the UN, Ambassador Dimitris Karamitsos-Tziras, the Consul of Greece in NY, Evangelos Kyriakopoulos, diplomats, academics and people of arts attended the exhibition’s inauguration.
“Anybody can contribute in his own way to support those people who lost everything,” noted Mavromichalis. During the opening, an auction of her photographs was organized, the proceeds of which were donated to The Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City, a Bloomberg’s initiative.
Mavromichalis said that her first visit in affected areas in order to provide material assistance to those in direct need was the reason of her photo shooting. “It was a unique experience. When I was there, beyond the images of destruction, I met with people who were eager to tell their story, eager to let the world know what has really happened to them, that it was an unprecedented tragedy,” she pointed out.
Photography has been Mavromichalis’ hobby for many years. When she moved to the U.S. as her husband is a diplomat, she studied in the International Center of Photography in New York and today is an assistant professor. “I always try to convey strong emotions through my pictures,” she said.
Mavromichalis has participated in several collective exhibitions in the past. This is her first personal exhibition and is presented with the cooperation of the Consulate General of Greece and the Women’s Consul General Group of New York, of which she has been Vice President.