Following on from yesterday’s Mallory / Irvine post, comes this (again from NPR’s Picture Show): An Alpine Adventurer And His Mountaintop Darkroom.
"If there were a Venn diagram of the meticulous Ansel Adams and the audacious mountaineer George Mallory, the overlap would be a somewhat obscure Italian named Vittorio Sella. Born in 1859, Sella was one of the most brazen Alpinists of his time; he was the first, for example, to do a winter climb of the Matterhorn. But Sella also inherited a fascination with photography; his father had penned the first treatise on photography in Italy. And as the master of a highly specified niche, Sella might now be considered the grandfather of adventure photography. Still, it’s easy to take his photographs for granted…”