Fred Boissonnas 'Images of Greece' exhibition on Corfu

An exhibition of photographs by Swiss photographer (1858-1946) Fred Boissonnas, titled "Images of Greece", opens on Tuesday evening at the Banknote Museum on the island of Corfu.
"Boissonnas: Images of Greece, Rizarios Foundation Collection", is organised by Alpha Bank, the Swiss Embassy in Greece and the Rizarios Foundation, which owns the material that will be showcased.
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 the country, its magic impressed upon and illuminated his life, according to the organisers.
For more than 30 years, he became one of Greece's best "ambassadors", not just 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, Greece's light-filled landscapes, the glorious ancient monuments and the vivid everyday life during the first decades of the 20th century.
The 75 photographs on display were taken during Boissonnas three visits to Greece. The first was in 1903, starting off from Corfu, the second was in 1907-8 and the third in 1911-13 when, together with Homeric scholar Victor Berard, they recreated the route of Odysseus, in Homer's "Odyssey", which he photographed.
Fred Boissonnas is not known only for his photography, however. In 1914 Boissonnas, along with Greek mountaineer Christos Kakalos and Swiss writer and painter Daniel Baud-Bovy, were the first to ascend the highest peak of Mt. Olympus, which had never been attained before.

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