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Robert Rive 

Robert Rive was born in Breslau from a French Huguenot family. In his early years he went to Naples and founded an important photographic firm that was active from the beginning of the 1860s until the 1890s. He had his studio in Palazzo Serracapriola (Riviera di Chiaia 215), then in Vico Carminello 38 until 1865, when it moved to Palazzo Lieti, via Toledo 317, and after 1886 in Salita San Filippo, Riviera di Chiaia, 15 and 21. The firm participated at the International Exhibition in Paris in 1867.
Rive was one of the first to cover the whole of Italy with his photographic campaigns, from the Lombard Lakes and Venice down to Sicily. His work is constantly marked by a landscapist’s vocation, which imbues even his views of towns and of architectures.
He adopted every format including large, medium, stereoscopic, cabinet and carte de visite.
Especially rich and original are the images (panoramas, places, roads, monuments, moments of urban life) of Naples and of the Neapolitan marine and hilly area (Caserta, Pozzuoli, Baia, Ischia, Pompei, Ercolano, Castellammare, Sorrento, Capri, Amalfi, Atrani, Ravello, Vietri, Raito, Salerno, Cava de’ Tirreni, Paestum), as well as of the Sicilian towns and landscapes, in many cases these regions were just discovered or still to be discovered by the travelers of the Grand Tour. But Rive was also the author of unusual images of the Lakes, of Genoa, Turin, Milan, Pavia, Como, Peschiera, Rovereto, Venice, Verone, Bologna, Pisa, Florence, Orvieto, Rome, Frascati, Tivoli, Gaeta, San Germano and Benevento.
Giovanni Fanelli
[December 2010]
Giovanni Fanelli, with the collaboration of Barbara Mazza, Robert Rive (Firenze: Mauro Pagliai Editore, 2010) [ISBN: 978-88-564-0123-3]. This book includes 110 high quality plates some of which include enlargements to highlight specific details. It is also interesting to see how the same image was produced in a variety of formats. 



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