We once had the Greek islands! Here's what Santorini and Mykonos looked like before the Instagram crowds descended
Santorini and Mykonos, two of the most beautiful Greek islands which today are worshiped especially for the nightlife and adventures, were even more fascinating than they appear today in millions of photos of Instagram users.
This is how veteran American photographer and Greece fan, Robert McCabe, tells them through his album.
"When I first visited Santorini with my brother in 1954, we were the only foreigners on the island," said McCabe, now 88. "There was no airport and no electricity. To connect to the outside world you had to stand in line to use the island's only telephone, and the water came not from a tap, but from a man in an old four-wheeled cart. The garbage collection service was a man with two bins and a donkey,” added the photographer, who splits his time between America and Greece and has spent the better part of 70 years exploring every corner of the Mediterranean country.
McCabe's Greek photographs have been published in numerous collections, but none are more poignant than the two volumes, Santorini: Portrait of a Vanished Age and Mykonos: Portrait of a Vanished Age, from which these photos are taken. .