“Plucking the daisy along the sidewalks of Paris, Christina Drakos picks off the petal that says «I adore you» last. Indeed, she adores Paris and we can sense her love on each of the representations we are offered by her keen photographer’s eye. It is not love of the grand monuments nor of the beautiful perspectives – not that she scorns those, either – but love of the city’s alleys, of its funny signboards, its lively bistros, its gardens, in full bloom or snowed in; its so many animals that she captures jovially, knowing how to play with light.
Above all, Christina likes the inhabitants of Paris; their gaze, their laughter that she catches in the corner of a bus stop or a street café. She traces the social tissue with finesse. Her gaze is not far from that of Robert Doisneau, when he photographed children playing or lovers on public benches in the Luxembourg Garden. She may also be compared to Willy Ronis, his way of capturing the banks of the Seine and the play of shadows.
But what is purely hers is the joy she derives from Paris; she knows how to make the film burst with it. There is a leaping joy within these photos. There’s Paris and there’s the Paris she loves.”
Artist, Art Connoisseur
“Does one have to come from afar, let’s say from Cyprus, the Eastern Mediterranean island with the ancient culture, to obtain Christina Drakos’ so tender and familiar vision of Paris?
Painter and photographer, Christina has a keen eye. She can see details and the whole, capture the places that make up the city’s history, stroll down the streets from Belleville to Montparnasse, from the Champs-Élysées to the Bastille, or walk along the banks of the river Seine. She can delight in its shop windows, in the lively terrasses with the cafeterias and, what is more, in the faces she comes upon as she roams around the city, observing – always, it seems, not far from St Germain des Prés in the direction of Luxembourg Garden. It is a magical place, either radiant with
summer light or swaddled in snow and melancholic in wintertime. As we leaf through this beautiful volume, we can feel the bond that ties the artist to this city, which in time has become a bit, a lot, and always her own.”
Author – Biographer