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Grolier Club Exhibitions

Vittorio Sella's Photography

Crevasses of Glacier Blanc, Grande Sagne, and Les Ecrines

Vittorio Sella
Crevasses of Glacier Blanc, Grande Sagne, and Les Ecrines, August 12, 1888
Gelatin silver print, 1893

Ushba at Sunrise from Mazeri Village

Vittorio Sella
Ushba at Sunrise from Mazeri Village, September 29, 1890
Gelatin silver print, 1892

Girls of Gebi

Vittorio Sella
Girls of Gebi, 1892
Collodion silver print

Vittorio Sella spent considerable time documenting the local tribal people during his visits to the Caucasus. Italian climbers who visited the region in the 1990s were surprised to find prints on display that Sella had given the locals one hundred years earlier. They also found that his name was still mentioned during special occasions and events—he had become part of their history.

The Village of Mestia in Northwest Georgia, in the Caucasus Mountains

Vittorio Sella
The Village of Mestia in Northwest Georgia, in the Caucasus Mountains, 1896
Lightly hand-colored gelatin silver print

Hunters in the Region around Mestia

Vittorio Sella
Hunters in the Region around Mestia
Lightly hand-colored gelatin silver print

Summit of Mount Siniolchu as seen from the Zemi Glacier, Sikkim

Vittorio Sella
Summit of Mount Siniolchu as seen from the Zemi Glacier, Sikkim, 1899
Gelatin silver print, ca. 1900

Vittorio Sella inscribed the verso of this print, “La più bella montagna del mondo” (The most beautiful mountain in the world).

Summit of Mount Jannu at Sunset, Nepal

Vittorio Sella
Summit of Mount Jannu at Sunset,
Nepal, 1899
Gelatin silver print

“Sella’s telephoto-lens masterpiece of the great head of Jannu, floating on the clouds, high above the world of little men—the very symbol of an ideal mountain-peak.” 

—Jean Franco and Lionel Terray, At Grips With Jannu, 1967

K2, Mount Godwin-Austen from the South

Vittorio Sella
K2, Mount Godwin-Austen from the South, 1909
Gelatin silver print

Mount Baltoro Glacier Lake

Vittorio Sella
Mount Baltoro Glacier Lake, 1909
Gelatin silver print

K2 as Seen from the East, on the Rocks above Camp VI

Vittorio Sella
K2 as Seen from the East, on the Rocks above Camp VI, 1909
Print
Signed by members of the 1954 Italian expedition that first summited K2