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Early Swiss daguerreotypes by de Prangey

The picturesque village of Rossinière, nestling in the Sarine Valley between Chateau d’Oex and Gruyères, will be playing host to the second Alt+1000 contemporary mountain photography festival this summer. The quiet village of just 400 inhabitants is best known for its 17th and 18th century wooden chalets and other historic buildings, steep lush green backdrop and typical Pays d’Enhaut mountain culture. It was also home to French-Polish modern artist Balthus, who lived and worked at the famous Grand Chalet with his wife from 1976 until his death in 2001.

Nathalie Herschdorfer, the former curator at Lausanne’s Elysée photography museum, has been brought in to lend her professional know-how to the young festival, which will henceforth become a biennial event.

As an introduction to the contemporary works the public also has a chance to discover the very first photographs of Switzerland – French daguerreotypes by Girault de Prangey made only a few years after the invention of the camera – and the series Swiss Views by the famous 19th century English photographer Francis Frith.

If you're tempted to head there this summer to enjoy both the high life and the festival, details can be found here.

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