Greece in 1903-1920
The Swiss Philhellenist Fred Boissonnas is the first foreign photographer who started travelling in Greece since 1903 and for nearly three decades later. He travelled from Peloponnese to Crete and Olympus in Ithaca and Mt Athos. His work was rather innovative and decisive for the development of Greek photography during the 20th century. Through photos and albums he presented a panorama of the Greek interwar period, helping to shape the European public’s opinion for Greece the same period.
The work of Fred Boisset, although known in Europe in the early 20th century, is now known as a second reading. Progress on technical issues, the discovery of colour, the usability of travel machines and facilities, can now make the project obsolete, but the historical look reveals modernism when other photographers who roamed in Greece were put into comparison. The artist lost his interest in recording everything disappeared, fact that gives us a picture of Greece which extends beyond the ethnographic evidence. The great faith and admiration for Greece are transmitted through his work with a tenderness and a love of power, even today after so many years his work gives soul to these pieces of paper, which could  have remained simple pictures ...

SEE SOME PHOTOS (click to enlarge)
Parthenon, 1908


Sheep under the Acropolis, 1903


View of the Acropolis from Thisseio, 1920


Athens, Athena Street 1920


Athens, Ermou Street 1920


Athens, Plaka 1920


Kifissia, 1920


Andritsaina, purchase, 1903


Andritsaina, inside the house, 1903


Men in the street Andritsaina 1903


Crete, Omalos 1911


Crete, inside the house, 1911


Crete, the brothers in the village of Lakki Mantakas 1911


Crete, inside the house in the village of Lakki, 1911


The picking of the olives in Preveli, Crete 1911


Crete, the courtyard house, 1919


Meteora, Manganese, 1908


Meteora FRED BOISSONNAS ascent of the cart, 1908


Zemeno Corinth, priest family 1903


Zemeno Corinth, Fred and Daniel clink glasses with the drivers of their animals, 1903


Family Zemeno in Corinth, 1903


Zemeno Corinth, priest and his family, 1913


Akrata, 1903 yards


Glens Arcadia, 1903


Athos, the monastery of Great Lavra, 1929


Athos, monastery of Vatopedi, 1929


Journey to Mount Athos, 1928-1930


Journey to Mount Athos, 1928-1930


Corfu excellently, 1903


Gastouri Corfu, the source of the Empress Elizabeth, 1903


Festival in Gastouri Corfu, 1903


Olympus, the “Pantheon”, 1914


Olympus camp fodder, 1914


Kokkinopoulos, Elassona, 1913


Shepherds at the top of Parnassus, 1903


Amorgos, women, 1911


Mill in Maronia, 1911


Edessa, 1908


Kleisoura, inside the mansion, 1911


Macedonia lichnisma, 1911


Macedonia, a guard outpost, 1913


Men and dogs in the drama of Ioannina, Preveza, 1913


Delvinaki Ioannina, elders, 1913


Kavalari Zagoria, 1913


Metsovo, 1913


Metsovo, in spring, 1913




Konitsa Mesogefyra, 1913


Mesogefyra Konitsa Villagers 1913


Ioannina, the lake with the castle, 1913


The bridge of Arta, 1913


Parga, 1913


Paramythia, butcher shop, 1913


Paramythia, 1913


Paramythia, house Reagan, 1913


Castri Preveza, a priest in the war devastated church, 1913




Filiates, Countryside, 1913


Fred Boissonnas
 
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