If you live in NYC, or are planning a trip here anytime soon, we recommend checking out Paradise of Exiles: Early Photography in Italy at the The Metropolitan Museum of Art. The exhibition features some of the earliest known photos of Italy in existence.
The photos are now on view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 852 through August 13th.
Deemed a “Paradise of Exiles” by the British poet Percy Bysshe Shelley, Italy attracted not only 19th-century Romantics, but also many of photography’s earliest practitioners, who traveled to the peninsula in order to capture its monuments and distinctive topography. At the same time, Italians adopted daguerreotypes and paper negatives as a means to represent their own cultural patrimony during a period of political upheaval.
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