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Old photos - the Parthenon at 1908

We see the few remnants of the Parthenon in 1908.
Over the centuries, warfare and other atrocities almost wiped this symbol of our cultural heritage.
Fortunately thanks to the subsequent restorations today this magnificent monument is alive.

The Philhellene Swiss photographer Fred Boissonnas(1858-1946) was the first foreign photographer who traveled so much in the Greek land from 1903 and for nearly three decades following.

Fred Boissonnas was born in 1858 in Geneva from a family that moved from Marseilles in southern France to Switzerland.
The origin of the family did Fred to believe that he was a descendant of Greek navigators, this may explain his interest and love for the Greeks, especially those of the countryside ...

Fred Boissonnas first stepped foot in Greece at 1903 in Corfu, from where chronologically his first photos are, after this he went to Athens which had visited numerous times and from there he wandered across the entire Greek territory and also in the new under Greek unification countries as Macedonia, Thrace, Epirus, Aegean islands, etc., generally he did not leave an inch of Greek soil without recording it with his camera.

Towards the end of his Greek adventure shortly before 1930, he spend some time in Mount Athos where he photographed many details of monastic life and the monasteries.
He died in Geneva in 1946.

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. Fred Boissonnas

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 ...







Old Greece photos - backyard in Akrata-1903 Old Greece photos - women in Amorgos island-1911 Old Greece photos - at Ioannina-1913 Old Greece photos - Andritsaina Old Greece photos - Andritsaina-inside a house-1903 Old Greece photos - the Acropolis from Thision-1920 Old Greece photos - Athinas street-1920 Old Greece photos - Athens-Ermou street-1920 Old Greece photos - Athens-Plaka-1920 Old Greece photos - Athos-monastery Old Greece photos - Athos-Vatopedi monastery-1920 Old Greece photos - Dervinaki-Ioannina-elders-1903 Old Greece photos - Edessa in Macedonia-1908 Old Greece photos - Filiates-landscape-1913 Old Greece photos - Achilleion-Corfu-1903 Old Greece photos - a celebration at Achilleion-Corfu-1903 Old Greece photos - Ioannina-the lake with the castle-1913 Old Greece photos - Ios island-in the tomb of Homer-1918 Old Greece photos - Kastri-Preveza-a priest in the church after a bombardment Old Greece photos - Kavalari-Zagori-1913 Corfiot girls in Sinies, above Gouvia bay -1903 Old Greece photos - Athens-Kifisia-1920 Old Greece photos - Kleisoura-Kastoria Old Greece photos - Kokkinopoulo-Elassona Old Greece photos - Konitsa-mesogefyra-1913 Old Greece photos - Manteka brothers at Lakkoi village in Crete-1911 Old Greece photos - Crete-inside a house at Lakkoi village-1911 Old Greece photos - Crete-Omalos-1911 Old Greece photos - Crete-a yard of a house-1919 Old Greece photos - Lagkadia-Arkadia-1903 Old Greece photos - Makedonia-a guard in a primitive outpost-1913 Old Greece photos - Makedonia-Lixnisma-1911 Old Greece photos - mesogefyra-Konitsa-1913 Old Greece photos - Meteora-Fred Boissonase going up-1908 Old Greece photos - Meteora-Magkani was the mechanism that carried the people up the rocks of Meteora-1908 Old Greece photos - Metsovo-1913 Old Greece photos - Metsovo-that was the washing machine at 1913 Old Greece photos - a watermill in Maroneia-1911 Old Greece photos - Mpagia-(Kipoi)Zagori-1913 Old Greece photos - Athos mountain-1928-1930 Old Greece photos - a family at village Zemeno of Korinth-1903 Old Greece photos - Breeders in Olympus mountain-1914 Old Greece photos - Olympus-the throne of Zeus-1914 Old Greece photos - Paramythia-1913 Old Greece photos - Paramythia-butchershops-1913 Old Greece photos - Paramythia-house of Riggas family-1913 Old Greece photos - Parga-1913 Old Greece photos - at Parthenon-1908 Old Greece photos - ships under Parthenon at 1903 Old Greece photos - the bridge of Arta-1913 Old Greece photos - Preveli village in Crete-1903 Old Greece photos - at the top of Parnassos mountain-1903 Old Greece photos - Fred and Daniel drinking an Zemeno of Korinth Old Greece photos - Zemeno in Korinth-a Priest with his family-1913 Old Greece photos - nafplion-prisons Old Greece photos - ioannina-delvinaki

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