In The Valley Of Chamouni, Savoy
Photographer: Thompson, Stephen
Medium: Photographic print
"Before the birth of photography, books were illustrated with engravings, woodcuts, or lithographs. Photography first made possible the wide distribution of faithful representations, and the public was eager to possess photogenic drawings or 'sun pictures' of buildings and scenery which they so far knew only from travellers' descriptions or fictitious engravings." Extract from 'Masterpieces of Victorian Photography 1840-1900' by Helmut Gernsheim.