INFINITE ICE

TRAVERSING THE ARCTIC AND THE ALPS FROM 1860 TO THE PRESENT

22 August 2008 - 23 November 2008
Friedrich Simony
Eastern View of the Upper and Lower Dachstein Mountains, 1885

Collotype print

Frozen landscapes have always exerted a strong fascination on the public. The invention of photography made it possible to capture and reproduce a specific moment in nature, and photographers were especially drawn to remote parts of the world like glaciers and polar wastes. This year’s annual photo exhibition at the Albertina is devoted to this form of landscape photography. Works by mid-19th century pioneers of the genre are contrasted with contemporary approaches.
 
 

Picture gallery

 

Friedrich Simony

Eastern View of the Upper and Lower Dachstein Mountains, 1885 
Gustav Jägermayer

The Umbal Glacier and the Dreiherrnspitze in the Eastern Tyrolean Region of the Austrian Hohen Tauern Mountains, 1863 
Anonymous

Mountaineer Between the Ice Needles of a Glacier, around 1865 
William England

Inner View of the Grindelwald Glacier, 1860-1870 
 
Richard Basso

Swimming Ice Flow at Jan Mayen, 1882-83 
Darren Almond

The Arctic. Plate 14, 2003 
Walter Niedermayr

Nigardsbreen III, 2002 
Hans Wilczek

The Isbjörnbai in the Midnight Sun, 1872 
 
Birfelder Studio, Bern

Surveying Work on the Upper Edge of an Ice Avalanche on the Rhône Glacier, around 1878 
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