PICTURE BIBLE OF MANI
A Unique & wide national museum
«Bitter stone, tested, lofty» wrote the poet. Indeed, going through these
pages the Reader will see one-by-one the words vindicated!
Stone, of Mani dear characterization: landscape, monuments, towers, buildings
and people who are like their rocks, sharp and upright..
Bitter, Mani of harsh customs, of revenge, of mourning songs, the endless toil
Tested, since apart from the winds that rage, north and south winds in all
their variations, hordes of enemies passed by to subdue her
Lofty, because in spite of all these she remained impenetrable and her people
unbowed and fierce who fought their enemies and the powers of nature to win
their honest and free survival Mani the Greece of Greece, an authentic era
evolved from a slow flux of the evolution, from the depth of time up to the
decades of the 50s, 60s and 70s was recorded by the camera lens of the Manian
artist Yiannis Vurlitis. Using as base of his operations the beautiful Githio
(his homeland), reached without sparing time and toil every little village,
every monument, every stone of Mani to see them with the eyes of his soul.
At a time when there were no motor roads, electric power and telecommunications
.., by bicycle, on foot or using some sea means, got away from home, his studio
and friends for days, doing his own achievement, writing his own history maybe
without having fully comprehended it. Now, astounded before this huge volume
of his work, and spending endless hours in order to choose jointly the approximately
500 subjects of this Book out of thousands of photographic works that he has
accumulated in his archives, we wonder if this echo of toil and anguish of
the artist photographer Yiannis Vurlitis will ever reach the dear Reader. Let
us hope that even his interest and love for the unique historic Land that bore
him, Mani, will reach them.
This unique Work unique also because most part of its Pictures will not be
met by the visitors of the Land today or tomorrow, since it has been definitely
discontinued by the spirit of contemporary times and the modern way of living
this unique Work of Yiannis Vurlitis has gone through thorough check before
it was brought into the limelight. Various adversities for many years now financial
and others prevented its publication. Who knows, it had to be joined with our
publication efforts as well, with our love also for this Land its past, present
With these thoughts, we thank Yiannis Vurlitis warmly for entrusting us the
Work, which we present to you with pride and responsibility. In order it is
accessible to greater circles of our Fellowmen we decided to simultaneously
present the texts in the English language as well.
George P. Dimakoyiannis
Donald - George McPhail