Alexander von Humboldt, Photography and Legacy
Photography Room Presentation
10/13/2018 – 1/27/2019
The Museum Ludwig is taking the 250th anniversary of the birth of Alexander von Humboldt (1769–1859) as an occasion to follow Humboldt’s traces in the photography collection. Pictures, whether drawn, printed, or painted, played an important role in his life and research. Humboldt received albums of photographs as gifts from photographers like W.H.F. Talbot and Paul de Rosti. The histories of these precious, one-of-a-kind albums and their journeys to the collection of the Museum Ludwig have been reconstructed, offering a look back at the early days of photography.