Italy 1925

Italy, Kurt Hielscher's third photoalbum, published in 1925, dedicated to King Viktor Emanuel III, with a foreword by Wilhelm von Bode (1845-1929) a famous German art historian and museum curator. Nowadays a museum in Berlin is named after Wilhelm von Bode. There are 304 photos in it.

In the same year, Kurt Hielscher also published a photo book of the city of Rome alone, which contains 110 photographs.

Wilhelm von Bode recommends " it is worthwhile to delve into each individual photo" and that is exactly what I intend to do.

I have a first edition, a very nice copy with a cover.

"Almost every city, every place has interesting stories to tell from times long past: from powerful popes, from victorious emperors and defiant princely families, from wise men and artists".-Kurt Hielscher, 1925

Till March 2022, I had not been to Italy to deliberately rephotograph Kurt Hielscher's photos, but Kurt Hielscher included many today's well-known highlights in his book so I had some accidental matches. In recent years I visited Venice and Rome twice and I found some lucky shots. On March, 4th 2022 me and my family went to Dolceaqua in the uttermost West part of Liguria and in May to the stunning Lago Maggiore. In May 2023 went went to Liguria again where we visited Genova, Bogliasco, Camogli and also made a day trip to Pisa and Lucca in Toscany, but I still have to make then and now duo's from a few of those and others as well. 

.".....therefore no country in Europe possesses such architectural wealth as Italy", Kurt Hielscher, 1925 

Italy 1939

In the midst of 2021 I managed to achieve the 1939 (printed in 1941) edition of Kurt Hielscher's Italy photobook with other photos and different prefaces. I visted several places in this album like Camogli, that was also in his 1925 edition with another photo and Castello Sarzanello, but there's a lot more I already photographed yet to be published here. 

In the footsteps of  Kurt Hielscher