We're after a reasonably large print (>1m or so) to go on a wall in the house and, having scoured the websites of a few names that sprung to mind, I thought I'd see what people here had to suggest - it seems that getting something we really like stylistically that also means something to us is harder than I imagined it would be!
Here are the few that I have had a look at so far:
As for what we're after, that's pretty difficult to spell out without listing off the mountains that mean a lot to us! So, I'm really asking for your best suggestions of great photographers of alpine peaks that also sell their works as prints. Those above are very Chamonix-centric, so if you know of any focussing on other areas (Ecrins/Bregaglia/Maritime Alps), even better - thanks!
Wait a good deal longer in time? The idea being to take your own photograph of good standard, which has a lot more meaning for you. Then get it printed professionally.
I had a black & white poster of the Dru from the Tairraz shop on a succession of walls for some 20 years. But it became very tatty after so many years of bluetac, in restrospect I should have had it mounted/framed & I'm occassionally tempted to buy another copy (if still on sale).
I remember seeing some good prints on sale in the Queyras but I'm not sure where, maybe here http://www.images-et-reves.fr/ ? I live in the Ecrins national park & the various 'maison de parc' often have exhibitions of photos & prints but those on the park's website are not very inspiring - https://boutique.ecrins-parcnational.fr/23-posters?id_category=23&n=24
Look on UKC
Ensure it is listed by votes and scroll for what you want. Then contact the person and see if they will provide the file (perhaps for a fee) and then get it printed/framed yourself.
Photo Francou on the road north out of Briançon is worth checking out. It's a couple of years since I was in but he's still there and it's a great shop.
Have a look at the gallery of James Rushforth. Some wonderful Italian delights there.
Bradford Washburn and his aerial photos of the Matterhorn on a large plate camera. Stunning for the time!
> Bradford Washburn and his aerial photos of the Matterhorn on a large plate camera. Stunning for the time!
Second Brad Washburn
One well worth seeking out is Walter Mittelholzer a Swiss aviation pioneer who had a fascination for aerial photography and was one of the first to exploit its commercial potential. Having gained aerial photography experience during the First World War – snapping enemy positions and troop movements – after the war he founded an airline which merged to become Swissair in 1931.
There is an open resourse catalogue of his work with stunning shots of the Eiger, Mont Blanc and the Matterhorn. Images are over 6000px so lots of detail. He had a problem with light bleeding into his camera in his early photographic negatives which is a pity. A link here... https://www.e-pics.ethz.ch/index/ethbib.bildarchiv/index-000671.html
In 1934, he founded Swissair Photo AG specifically for marketing aerial images. Mittelholzer died in a climbing accident three years later, aged 43, but the company thrived on demand for bird’s-eye views, which ended up on walls, in brochures, and postcards.