Frédéric Boissonnas

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Frédéric Boissonnas
Self picture via mirror - Frédéric Boissonnas - 1900.jpg
Self-portrait in mirror, 1900
Born18 June 1858
Geneva, Switzerland
Died17 October 1946
Geneva, Switzerland
Spouse(s)Augusta Boissonnas
ChildrenEdmond-Edouard Boissonnas, Henri-Paul Boissonnas, Paul Boissonnas
Parent(s)Henri-Antoine Boissonnas [fr]
RelativesEdmond-Victor Boissonnas [fr] (brother)

François-Frédéric Boissonnas (18 June 1858 – 17 October 1946), known as Fred Boissonnas, was a Swiss photographer from Geneva. His work is considered crucial for the development of photography in Greece during the early 20th century.[1]


Boissonnas's father, Henri-Antoine (1833–1889), founded a photographic studio in Geneva in 1864 and took over Auguste Garcin's studio in place Bel-Air in 1865. In 1872, he settled with his family in a building at number 4 quai de la Poste.

Frédéric ran the family studio from 1887 to 1920. He had at least seven children, including Edmond-Edouard (1891–1924), Henri-Paul (1894–1966) and Paul (1902–1983). In 1901, he went into partnership with André Taponier [fr] to create a studio in Paris, at number 12 rue de la Paix.

Between 1907 and 1919 he made several trips to Greece, including a 1913 trip with Daniel Baud-Bovy [fr], with whom he made the first known ascent of Mount Olympus, along with the Greek Christos Kakalos. In 1919, he founded the publishing house "Boissonnas SA" and returned to Greece with his son Edmond-Edouard Boissonnas. He moved to Paris in the 1920s.

His eldest son, Edmond-Edouard, succeeded him at the head of the studio in 1920, but died suddenly in 1924. Frédéric's third son, Henri-Paul, ran the studio from 1924 to 1927, at which point he devoted himself to art restoration. The seventh son, Paul, ran the studio until 1969, when he entrusted it to his son-in-law, Gad Borel (1942). Sabine Weiss was an apprentice between 1942 and 1949. The studio closed in 1990.[2]


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  1. ^ "Frédéric Boissonnas".
  2. ^ "Boissonnas" on [1] (in French)

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