Watching the Glacier Disappear

Watching the Glacier Disappear

Photo Elysée's collection images
22:00 → 01:00
6 – Screen

Photo Elysée is taking part in the project Watching the Glacier Disappear and is presenting seven images from its collection, in XXL dimensions!

Glaciers are disappearing, and so is Switzerland’s natural and cultural landscape. This summer, the national exhibition Watching the Glacier Disappear will unfold across Switzerland, addressing the concerns these changes raise and relying on the eye-opening powers of art to make them more conspicuous. Many museums and other cultural spaces across the country, including Photo Elysée, are supporting this event.

Photography was invented in the 19th century, at the same time as the advent of alpinism. This medium has now been attracting mountain enthusiasts for over one hundred and fifty years. Taken between 1880 and 1965, before the development of mass tourism, seven images from Photo Elysée’s collection bear witness to humans’–devastating–love of glaciers.


The images

Paul Vionnet (attributed to), Cordée dans la région de Chamonix, ca. 1880, Collection iconographique vaudoise

Jullien Frères, Traversée de la mer de glace, 1890, Collection iconographique vaudoise

Louis-Antonin Neurdein, Glacier des Bossons, pyramides de glace, ca. 1890

Emile Busset, Glacier d’Aletsch, 1910, Collection iconographique vaudoise

Hans Steiner, Escalade, 1940 © Photo Elysée, Lausanne

Kinette Hurni-Bourgeois, Encandies et glacier du Trient, 1954 © Succession Kinette Hurni-Bourgeois

Ella Maillart, Au Khumbu, Tente sur la moraine au pieds du Nuptse, 1965 © Succession Ella Maillart et Photo Elysée, Lausanne

Jullien Frères, Traversée de la mer de glace, 1890, Collection iconographique vaudoise

Nuit des images

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