Original photograph of the Acropolis ruins in Athens, Greece, circa 1910, ink signed at lower right by the important Swiss-born photographer, FREDERIC BOISSONNAS (1858-1946). The photo is unframed and is laid on a thin card. Measurements are 17 1/4" by 22 3/4". The photographer signed boldly in black ink at lower left. Boissonnas was born in Geneva, Switzerland. He learned photography largely from his father, but also sought out further instruction. In the early years of the century, he traveled widely in Greece and the southern Balkans, including Albania and Serbia, taking thousands of photographs. Those images today are considered among the most important documentation of those countries at that point in time; the photos of Greece are considered his most important. The Photography Museum of Thessaloniki maintains an archive of Boissonnas' works. His images have been selling at auction in Europe. This example is in compromised, as-found condition----laid down, not perfectly flat, and with scratches, scuffs,fading of the image, and damage at the edges, as shown. Nevertheless, it remains a most collectable and rare example of the artist's work. In some of the images, a thin gold inner frame is visible; the work was found in this but I removed it for photography.
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