Vintage Photos Of The First Modern Olympics Show Sports Are Timeless

ATHENS, Greece — As “the worlds” prepares for this year’s Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, an exhibit in Greece is taking visitors on a digital passage back to the first modern Olympic Games in Athens 120 years ago.

The exhibition is a collaboration between the Benaki Museum, Costa Navarino Luxury Resorts and the Athens International Airport, and facets historic photos taken a number of German photographer Albert Mayer during the 1896 races. Prominent Greek visual creator Eva Nathena, who curated the exhibition, expended Mayer’s archived photos in a modern-day video skill installation.

The 1896 Game were a turning point in its own history of athletic events as they brought together the minds of the ancient times with modern internationalism. German photographer Albert Mayer included the happen as the official photographer of the German athletic unit. His photos demo athletes, public officials and spectators experiencing the games under the Greek sun.

“The first Olympic Games journal made up of Albert Mayer’s historic photo is one of the ornaments of the Benaki Museum archives and a invaluable testimony” to the games’ past, the Benaki Museum head, Olivier Descotes, was indicated in a press release.

“The documentation of the first Olympic Games in the modern age symbols the restoration of the Olympic athletic principles, ” Eva Nathena lent. “Visitors will get a chance to come into contact with such unique substance and explore the values showcased and their significance in the shaping of modern European thought.”

The exhibition will be held at the “Art& Environment” space in the Athens International Airport from May 16 to Sept. 16, and will too run at the Symbol Hall of Costa Navarino resort, in the boundaries of Messinia, southwest Peloponnese, from April 27 to Nov. 30.

Get a sneak peek of some of the century-old photos featured in the exhibition:

Albert Mayer/ Journal of First Olympic Games 1896/ The Benaki Museum Historical Archives

A photo of German athlete Hermann Weingartner, who triumphed honors in men’s gymnastics echoes.

Albert Mayer/ Journal of First Olympic Games 1896/ The Benaki Museum Historical Archives

A photo of German athlete Hermann Weingartner, who triumphed honors in men’s gymnastics echoes.

Albert Mayer/ Journal of First Olympic Games 1896/ The Benaki Museum Historical Archives

Greek athletePanagiotis Paraskevopoulos stands ready to throw the discus.

Albert Mayer/ Journal of First Olympic Games 1896/ The Benaki Museum Historical Archives

Greek athletePanagiotis Paraskevopoulos stands ready to throw the discus.

Albert Mayer/ Journal of First Olympic Games 1896/ The Benaki Museum Historical Archives

People watch a lasso clambering competition.According to the rules of the game, clambering was play-act exclusively with the utilization of the sides and arms, while the legs abode straight and still. The lasso was 49.5 hoofs long and 1.5 inches broad.

Albert Mayer/ Journal of First Olympic Games 1896/ The Benaki Museum Historical Archives

People watch a lasso clambering competition.According to the rules of the game, clambering was play-act exclusively with the utilization of the sides and arms, while the legs abode straight and still. The lasso was 49.5 hoofs long and 1.5 inches broad.

Albert Mayer/ Journal of First Olympic Games 1896/ The Benaki Museum Historical Archives

Fencing activities at the Zappeion Hall.

Albert Mayer/ Journal of First Olympic Games 1896/ The Benaki Museum Historical Archives

Fencing activities at the Zappeion Hall.

Albert Mayer/ Journal of First Olympic Games 1896/ The Benaki Museum Historical Archives

Award ceremony for the Olympic Marathon winner, Greek Spyros Louis.

This story initially appeared on HuffPost Greece and was be converted into English.

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