Vittorio Sella - The Gasherbrum taken from the Occidental Spur - image-1

Lot 13 D

Vittorio Sella - The Gasherbrum taken from the Occidental Spur

Auction 1003 - overview Cologne
29.11.2012, 00:00 - Photography
Estimate: 1.200 € - 1.500 €
Result: 1.586 € (incl. premium)

Gelatin silver print, printed probably 1930s. 29 x 23 cm (29.3 x 23.3 cm). Photographer's blindstamp lower right. Mounted to original card.

Vittorio Sella, who came from a family of photographers, started to document the high peaks of the Alps at an early age on various mountaineering expeditions. Between 1889 and 1909 he took part as a photographer in a series of international expeditions to the Caucasus (1889, 1890 and 1896), to Sikkim (1899) and to Karakorum (1909). Ansel Adams praised Sellas' work in an obituary in 1943: „With Sella's sensitive insight and response the magnificence of mountains is clarified and destilled into a high order of expression. For, to a very definite degree, the work of Sella contains the qualities of greatness. […] The contemporary photographer will do well to study Sella's craft." (zit. nach Ansel Adams, in: Summit by Vittorio Sella. Mountaineer and photographer. The years 1879-1909, Mount Holyoke College Art Museum u.a., New York 1999, pp. 7)


Claudio Fontana (ed.), Fotografie e montagna nell' ottocento di Vittorio Sella, Museo nazionale delle Montagna, Turin, Ivrea 1982, ill. p. 279