Daily Bread is a collection of photographs and stories culled from 10 years of road trips through remote areas of Greece. In her travels, Hamblett “was searching for the ‘real’ Greece, not the places tourism had altered but places where people still worked the earth and celebrated traditions.”
In her photographs, Hamblett reaches for the moments that distill the essence of character and occasion—moments that celebrate the ancient feast days, the love of family, the courage and dignity of a people as they embrace the 21st century. The exhibition also includes landscape photographs giving a sense of place to the people and events captured. The viewer sees images of ancient structures, mountains and sea coexisting in a land where magic prevails but change is imminent. Daily Bread presents the viewer with the classical beauty of the black and white photograph within a contemporary context.
“Daily Bread, the photographs and the book celebrates all that is Greek—the language, the culture, the way of life and is indeed an endorsement of Greece from the viewpoint of an American artist who has spent 10 years exploring this subject.” –Christos Panagopoulos
Former Ambassador of Greece to the USA
BEATRICE HAMBLETT lives and works in Washington, DC and Skopelos, Greece. In the last 15 years, she has exhibited her photographs extensively both nationally and internationally. In 2009, she was the recipient of a grant from the Washington DC Commission of the Arts and Humanities (DCCAH) that helped make possible many of the photographs of Daily Bread. She holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from Columbia University, New York, NY. Hamblett shoots with ﬁlm and a medium-format camera and makes hand-made gelatin silver prints, presenting her themes in a modern context free of nostalgia.