Background: Greece and Turkey
In spring 1967 Porter and his wife, Aline, joined four other couples on a vacation to Greece–what the artist called "a romantic adventure inspired by Edith Hamilton's book The Greek Way." The Porters stopped briefly in Rome and Sicily before meeting their friends in Athens. The group then toured the northern part of the country and the Peloponnesus and then took a boat to Ephesus and Crete. Although this trip was not a photographic escapade, Porter and his friend Paul Stein, a Los Alamos physicist, photographed everywhere the group went. Once back home in New Mexico, Porter realized that he wanted to do a book on classical Greece. He, therefore, made subsequent visits to Greece and Turkey in 1970 and 1971. In 1980 E. P. Dutton published The Greek World, presenting photographs by Porter and an extensive text by Peter Levi, a distinguished poet and classical scholar. The collection holds 181 prints in this category.

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