Minoan Sites

Aerial Views by Marilyn Bridges

June 5-September 13, 2008

Phaistos, © Marilyn Bridges 2007, gelatin silver print

Works by Photographer Marilyn Bridges Reveal Majesty of Crete's Ancient History 

The Onassis Cultural Center New York presents an exhibition of photographs of Minoan archaeological sites by photographer Marilyn Bridges, renowned for her black-and-white aerial and ground photographs of ancient settings. The exhibition will be presented in the Olympic Tower Atrium - concurrently with the Center’s major exhibition From the Land of the Labyrinth: Minoan Crete, 3000 - 1100 BC.

Included in the exhibition are images of the great Minoan palace complexes of Knossos, Phaistos, Malia and Zakros; the palatial villa of Haghia Triada; the towns of Gournia, Mochlos and Pseira; the port of Kommos; and a hilltop country house at Chamaizi. In each image, Bridges’ captures the rich detail of these sites, enabling the viewer to understand better both the size of these places and the history of the archaeological excavations that have taken place there.

Bridges has produced eight books of her photography, including: Markings: Aerial Views of Sacred Landscapes (Aperture 1986); Planet Peru: An Aerial Journey Through a Timeless Land (Aperture 1991); Egypt: Antiquities from Above (Little Brown & Co. 1996); This Land is Your Land (Aperture 1997); and Flights Through Time (Lodima Press 2007). Her work has been featured in solo exhibitions by over 300 museums and galleries, including the American Museum of Natural History in New York, the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago, and the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto. Her photos have also appeared in major periodicals, including Life, Vanity Fair, and the New York Times. Bridges received an MFA from the Rochester Institute of Technology. She was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Fulbright Scholarship, and the 2003 Wings Trust Award, for "Courage and Artistic Excellence". Bridges is a licensed pilot and a Fellow of the Explorers Club.



Knossos, © Marilyn Bridges 2007, gelatin silver print