The Philhellene Swiss photographer Fred Boissonnas was the first foreign photographer who traveled so much in the Greek land from 1903 and for nearly three decades following.
He travelled from the Peloponnese to Crete and Olympus, from Ithaca and Corfu to the Holy Mountain.
He travelled, photographed, and wrote.
His work was innovative and proved decisive in the development of Greek photography during the 20th century.
Through photos and albums he presents a panorama of Greece during the interwar period, also helping to shape European public opinion of Greece for the same period.
The work of Fred Boissonnas, although known in Europe in the early 20th century, now needs a second showing.
Progress in technical issues, the discovery of colour, easy to use cameras, plus the ease with which we travel, may make the project appear obsolete, but to the historical glance it also shows modernism in comparison with other photographers who wandered in Greece at that time.
The artist has recorded things that have disappeared, but also gives us a picture of Greece that extends beyond simple ethnographic evidences.
His great faith and admiration for this country are transmitted through his work with a tenderness and love which can be seen through his work even today after so many years, these characteristics give soul to these pieces of paper, which otherwise could remain simple pictures ...