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Ascension of Mont-Blanc 
1860 
  
Albumen silver print 
11 1/4 x 14 1/8 ins 
  
George Eastman Museum 
 
LL/33157 
  
From the album Haute-Savoie, Le Mont Blanc et Ses Glaciers: Souvenir du Voyage de M. M. L'Imperatrice (Paris, 1860). The Bisson brothers' alpine accomplishments resulted in a 24-photograph album, dedicated to the Emperor and Empress of France, featuring majestic views of crevasses, ice, snowfields, and mountain tops. Ascension au Mont Blanc provides a sense of the sublime as the humans making their way through the snowfield appear as insects in this landscape. 
 

 
  
 
  
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