Cha­monix et ses glaciers, les pre­mières images

Vertical (English) - - Euronews - Rémi Fon­taine, Cha­monix et ses glaciers, les pre­mières images, Édi­tions Esope (Cha­monix), 190 pages.

Sub­ti­tled Sous l’oeil des pho­tographes, 1849-1869, this splen­did book, pub­lished to cel­e­brate the year 1865 and the golden age of alpin­ism, presents pho­to­graphs from Rémi Fon­taine's col­lec­tion. Some of them were pre­sented dur­ing ex­hi­bi­tions or­gan­ised last sum­mer in Cha­monix. Be­yond the glaciers, whose spec­tac­u­lar depth can be fully ap­pre­ci­ated here, th­ese pho­to­graphs tell the story of the val­ley, the towns of which were but mod­est vil­lages in­hab­ited by a few farm­ers. Over the pages, a num­ber of fa­mous fig­ures ap­pear: pho­tog­ra­phers, alpin­ists, guides. This book is pure plea­sure and is su­perbly de­signed.

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