Corfu photos at Banknote Museum
Archimedes: October 2012
Corfu photos at Banknote Museum.
Those taking a late holiday break in Corfu Town can escape the late summer showers with a visit to the Banknote Museum and an exhibition of some remarkable photographs. Swiss-born photographer Fred Boissonnas (1858-1946), first visited Greece in 1903, and many of his wonderful photos of Greece are on display until December.
He travelled all over Greece, from the Peloponnese to Crete, Ithaca to Athens and his photos show panoramas of Greek life between the wars.
Although a well-known photographer, writer and illustrator in Europe in the early 20th century, his star has dimmed over the years but the images on display give us a glimpse into the past.
A great lover of Greece and the Greek people he promoted the country throughout Europe with his images of Greek islands landscapes, ancient monuments and vivid everyday portraits of Greek life in the early 20th century.
The 75 photographs in this exhibition, were taken during three trips Fred Boissonnas made to Greece. The first was in 1903 when he was working on Corfu, and the second in 1907-1908. The third trip, 1911-13, was a tour of places associated with Odysseus.
The photographic equipment of that era probably weighed several hundred pounds and it was shipped around on donkeys and carts.
The exhibition 'Boissonnas — Pictures of Greece' runs at the Banknote Museum of the Ionian Bank in the Square of St. Spyridon in Corfu Town, daily, except Monday and Tuesday and admission is free. The exhibition is co-organized by Alpha Bank, the Embassy of Switzerland and the Rizario Foundation.
The Banknote Museum of Greece is housed where the first branch of the Ionian Bank was opened. Its collections include Greek banknotes dating back to 1822. The museum hosts more than 2000 exhibits including sketches and printing plates for various Greek banknotes as well as a presentation of the modern manufacturing of banknotes.