Mer de Glace glacier with Aiguilles de Chamonix - the peaks of the Mont Blanc chain - in the background, 8 August 1909

Eduard Spelterini (1852-1931) received his license as a balloonist from the Academie d’Aerostation in Paris, 1877, where he lived a restless and glamourous life for a number of years. He began to photograph from his balloon in 1893 as a self-taught photographer and in the following thirty years put together a remarkable body of work.

Mer de Glace glacier with Aiguilles de Chamonix – the peaks of the Mont Blanc chain – in the background, 8 August 1909

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