Enjoy these beautiful, rare images of Greece in color, captured from the camera of Maynard Owen Williams in the 1920s.
Williams was a National Geographic correspondent from 1919 and for most of the 1920s. He was an avid traveller who began visiting foreign countries in his teens, exploring Asia and even witnessing the Russian Revolution, among other adventures.
Williams was the National Geographic’s first foreign correspondent, and his reports include a description of the opening of the tomb of Tutankhamen in 1923.
Although Williams pioneered travel photography, he wrote numerous foreign dispatches for the magazine, including a 1949 report from post-Civil War Greece where he returned nearly two decades after his early trip, only to find a different nation than the one he first visited in 1919.
The Maynard Owen Williams Prize for creative nonfiction at Kalamazoo College is named in his memory.