In the early years of the 20th century, the Swiss photographer and philhellene Frédéric Boissonnas (1858-1946) traveled extensively to Greece, capturing dozens of stunning images of Greek village and island life.
Boissonnas was the most prolific travel photographer at the time, and his love affair with Greece and her people is evident from the care and attention to his images of everyday Greek life — captured on film in detail for the first time.
See the collection below.
59 of Boissonnas’ stunning photographs of Greece between 1903-1920
Priest in a destroyed church in Kastri, Preveza, 1913.
At the Rigas family house in Paramythia, 1913.
Meatmarkets of Paramythia, 1913.
The bridge of Arta, 1913.
Athinas Street, Athens 1920
Village of Bagia, Zagori, 1913.
Village of Kavalari, Zagori, 1913.
Village of Delvinaki, near Ioannina, 1913.
Men in the street with their dog. Preveza, 1913
A guard in Macedonia, 1911
View of the Acropolis from Thiseio
Klissoura, near Kastoria, 1911.
Island of Ios, 1918.
A windmill in the village of Maroneia, 1903.
Women of Amorgos, 1903.
Sheep herders on top of Mt. Parnassos. 1903.
1913. At the village of Kokkinopoulo, Elassona.
Inside a mountain refuge on Mt. Olympus, 1914.
Climbing Mt. Olympus, 1914.
A celebration in Gastouri, Kerkyra, 1903.
Sheep under the Acropolis, 1903
In the village of Gastouri, Kerkyra 1903.
Women of Kerkyra in the countryside, 1903
Monk, Mt. Athos 1929.
Interior of a monastery, Mt. Athos 1929
Mt. Athos, Monastery of Vatopedi, 1929
Mt. Athos, Monastery of Megisti Lavra, 1929
Lagadia, Arkadia 1903
A priest and his family in Zemeno, 1913
A family in Zemeno, Corinth, 1903
The photographer and his companion, Daniel Baud-Bovy, celebrate with locals in Zemeno, Corinth, 1903.
Zemeno, Corinth area. A priest and his family. 1903
Meteora 1908. The photographer being hoisted up to a monastery.
Crete 1919, porch of a house
Gathering olives in Preveli, Crete 1911
Interior of a house in Lakki, Crete 1911
Crete, the Mandaka brothers in the village of Lakki 1911
Interior of a Cretan house, 1911
Athens, Plaka, 1920
Omalos, Crete 1911
Men in the street, Andritsena 1903
Andritsena house, 1903
Andritsena market, 1903
Ermou Street, Athens 1920
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