Sunday, 2 March 2014

The lost art of hand-painted movie billboards is still alive in Athens




Handmade movie posters were once a mainstay of Hollywood and cinemas around the world, but the trend has long died out in favor of glossy, Photoshopped billboards. A scant few movie billboard painters remain, but The New York Times caught up with one of them in Athens, named Vasilis Dimitriou. The 78-year-old Dimitriou has been crafting larger-than-life billboards for theaters in Athens since the 1950s. He mixes his own paints — with a special formula to keep them from running in the rain — and ultimately gives a human touch to the latest releases from Her to The Wolf of Wall Street. It may be a dying art, but there's nothing to stop us from enjoying Dimitriou's bold, graphic, and colorful work. The New York Times has plenty of...
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