Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Evgenios Spatharis - Greek shadow puppets pioneer

Evgenios Spatharis, a Greek master of shadow puppet theater, died Saturday at the age of 85.


He was well-known throughout Greece for his puppet theater stories revolving around the hunchbacked character Karagiozi, who came to represent the virtues and vices of the average Greek. Cunning and rebellious, Karagiozi was often shown as a liar and petty thief who wormed his way out of difficult situations.

The full story in the LA Times

Here are a few nice tributes (in Greek) to the artist, that include a few images of his work.

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