Bradford Washburn and Vittorio Sella: A View From The Top

 

 

Bradford Washburn and Vittorio Sella: A View From The Top at the Panopticon Gallery in Boston.

From the Panopticon Gallery website:

Panopticon Gallery in conjunction with the Decaneas Archive are excited to be exhibiting photographs by Bradford Washburn and Vittorio Sella. As climbers and photographers, Washburn and Sella had a love for the land, but there were a few things that were visibly different in many of the images that they captured.

First, Sella’s photographs were taken from a stable position on the ground, while Washburn was high above, photographing snow covered peeks through the vantage point of an open aircraft door. Second, besides capturing the majestic images of the Alps, Sella often times included people, whether they were fellow climbers or porters who carried his photography equipment up the mountainsides – Washburn rarely included people in his visas.

Vittorio Sella began his photographic career in 1879 walking out his front door to climb and photograph the nearby Alps. His home was in Biella, Italy, and his camera was an 11×14 large-format field camera through which he captured his earliest images onto wet plate collodion glass negatives.

Anchored to the inside of an airplane, Bradford Washburn was equipped with an 8×10 Fairchild aerial camera. He captured majestic landscapes with the resolution and tonality equalling, if not exceeding those of the great masters.

The facts:
Bradford Washburn and Vittorio Sella: A View From The Top
January 11 – February 25, 2013
Opening Reception: Friday, January 11, 5:30 – 7:30pm
Panopticon Gallery

502C Commonwealth Avenue
Boston MA, 02215
Phone: 617 267-8929

Photo above left and below:  Vittorio Sella

Bradford Washburn North Face of Grandes Jorasses at Moonrise, France, 1958

Vittorio Sella, Approaching Punta Alessandra, 1906