Pittaki Street, from the shadows and into the light

Pittaki Street, from the shadows and into the light

From gloomy narrow street to bubbling alleyway, Pittaki Street was transformed in the best possible way. It shows Athens' plural identity and has become a must-see.

Pittaki Street's transformation is the result of a collaboration between the Imagine the City association and the Beforelight creative studio. They teamed up to attract more pedestrians to the Psyrí neighbourhood, and turned this charmless industrial alley into a must-see for budding photographers. Together, they collected unwanted light fixtures from shop owners all around Athens in order to light up the dark recesses of the narrow street: Chinese lanterns, metal lamps, floral lampshades, chandeliers and stained-glass lamps… The variety of materials used stylishly and elegantly reflects the multicultural identity of the Greek capital.

Now a must-see area for passing visitors, Pittaki Street is a major hangout for budding and professional photographers alike, playing out all sorts of contrasts between the shops' colourful facades, the walls' pastel hues and the diversity of lights supplied by a generous city. What a successful makeover!

Pittaki Street
105 54 Athens