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A new book by NARPAC member John Cleave
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ATHENS: Scenes from a Capital City
By John Cleave
Introductions by Nikos Vatopoulos

Following the success of his book on Washington,which was a Washington Post best-seller over Christmas 2003, John Cleave turned his attentions to his wife’s birthplace, Athens, Greece.  Published in September 2005, his new book of "digital watercolors" has been critically acclaimed in the city it depicts as "unique," "a literate, image-rich guide to [the] city," which "stands out as a visual delight."  It is now available through bookstores in the USA and on the web.

The focus is on Athens as the capital of modern Greece.  Following an introduction, ‘Scenes from a Capital City’, by Nikos Vatopoulos, architecture critic of the Athens daily Kathimerini, the book is divided into four chapters: The Heart of Modern Athens; The Acropolis and the Old Town; Lycabettus and the Neighbourhoods; and From Mountain to Sea – Outer Athens.  

Publisher: Editions Didier Millet, Paris and Singapore.
$ 25.00
ISBN 981-4155-32-2

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About the Artist:

John Cleave was born and raised in England but has lived in the U.S. since 1966 and for the past 35 years in Washington. After over a decade in the British Colonial Service in Africa Mr. Cleave joined the World Bank here as an agricultural economist. After a successful career with the Bank, where he worked mainly on projects Africa and East Asia, Mr. Cleave retired to a take up a new vocation as an architectural photographer for a clientele of architects, designers and builders in the Washington area. This work lead him into an exploration of the digital manipulation of photography and thence to the publication of two books of 'digital watercolors' (see above). Mr. Cleave's (unmanipulated) photographs also accompany various articles throughout this web site.


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This page was updated on March 15, 2006

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