200 YEARS GREEKS AND INNOVATION
1929

Nellie Sougioultzoglou-Seraidari photographs Comédie-Française's Mona Paeva at the Acropolis

Nellie Sougioultzoglou-Seraidari (1899-1998), internationally known as Nelly's, carries out the most talked-about photographic session in Greek history, which was published in a French magazine. Nelly's hailed from Aidini in Asia Minor and was educated in Dresden under photographers Hugo Erfurth and Franz Filder. Among her most famous works is the photographing documentation of the Delphic Festivals of AggelosSikelianos and Eva Palmer and the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin.
However, the one work that made her genuinely exceptional as a photographer were the photographs of Mona Paeva, and the Hungarian dancer Nikolska in the following year. These sessions provoked the conservative morals of the time, established new aesthetic criteria for art, and in 1936 these same pictures became posters for the Greek Pavilion at the Tourism Fair in Paris.