Indeed today’s state-of-the-art technology will transport audiences back in time to the dawn of democracy and the birthplace of Western Civilization with just one click, but photos and paintings will always tell a thousand words, because that one second in time carries more mystery than in a stream of moving video clips. From the depths of Youtube hellasfrappe discovered yet another video this time from the acclaimed Fred Boissonnas collection. Boissonnas was a Swiss photographer and a Philhellene who documented photographic images of Greece from 1903 and until 1030. Step back in time to when the “foustanela” adorned the city streets and when sheep grazed beneath the Acropolis. And if you are curious or want to see how your ancestors lived in other areas of Greece such as Crete, Meteora, Epirus and the northern part of the country then the following video will astound you, as well as bring tears to your eyes!
His work was a significant influence on post-war Greek photography, opening new paths for expression and thematic choices. The collection presents a great interest, both historically, socially, aesthetically and ideologically, as well as in terms of folk culture, in combination with the political developments of the time.
The Swiss Fred Boissonnas is the systematic photographer of the Greek cultural and natural landscape, the “Greek” photographer of the early 20th century. His work, the artistic and substantial value of which marked the history of photography, constitutes the best possible advertisement of the people, the nature and the monument of Greece during that era.
The photographic collection includes:
- 3.467 glass plates
- 1.079 gelatins
- 11.732 print outs
- 241 transparencies
- 142 sun engravings
- 139 photo engravings
- 375 books
- Letters by Eleftherios Venizelos
- Copy of the contract signed with the Greek Government (27.3.1919)
- Detailed diary of the photo shootings
- Correspondence of the photographer with his family