Fred Boissonnas: Images of Greece
Alpha Bank Cultural Centre, NafplioThe exhibition "Fred Boissonnas: Images of Greece", has been displayed at the Alpha Bank Cultural Centre in Nafplio. It was part of the 2010 Nafplion Festival events, in which Switzerland is the honoured country. The exhibition was co-organised with the Embassy of Switzerland and the material showcased belongs to the Rizarios Foundation.
The Swiss-born Fred Boissonnas (1858-1946), the most eminent descendant of the well-known photographic dynasty of Geneva, has associated his name with Greece, and from 1903, when he first came to our country, its magic impressed upon and illuminated his life. For more than 30 years, he became one of our best ambassadors not just as a photographer but also as an author, illustrator and publisher of books with themes taken from Greece.
With his rare sensibility and his unique photographic technique, he revealed and promoted to Europe and to the rest of the world, our bright landscapes, the glorious ancient monuments and the vivid everyday life during the first decades of the 20th century.
It should be noted that Fred Boissonnas along with our compatriot Christos Kakalos and Daniel Baud-Bovy were the first to ascend the highest peak of Mt. Olympus in 1914 which had never been reached before.