Exhibition: Views of Luxembourg and the “Orient”

Exhibition: Views of Luxembourg and the “Orient”

In 1880, a photo collection, which showed 11 views of Luxembourg City and its low town taken in three different formats, was published bookshop Pierre Brück. The newspaper Luxemburger Wort pointed out in an article on March 13th1880 that the collection showed “some of the most beautiful spots of the city”. Frith & Co, a photographic company named after its renowned founder and Victorian photographer Francis Frith, realized these photos.
Predicting the growth of tourism, Frith set out to photograph every city, town and landscape in Britain. He further developed his clever commercial idea by commissioning photographers to go to the four corners of the globe.
The National Library of Luxembourg (BnL) presents two very different sceneries photographed in the 19th century by Francis Frith & Co: the picturesque neighborhoods of Luxembourg, a small country in Europe, and the grand archeological sites in the mysterious distant Orient. These places were captured by the new medium of the time, photography, which according to Francis Frith, portrays the world truthfully. His emphasis on the truthfulness of photography, however, ignores the subjectivity involved in the decision of what to shoot.
Through Frith’s essays and quotes, we discover in our exhibition the photographer’s concept, the difficulties presented by the new medium and the context in which the exhibited images were produced.

The exhibition (6th May to 26th June, 2021) is part of the 8th edition of the European Month of Photography with the theme Rethinking Nature/Rethinking Landscape.

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Bibliothèque nationale du Luxembourg
37D Avenue John F. Kennedy


From Thursday 06.05.2021 to Saturday 26.06.2021




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