Robert Rive

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Robert Rive was a 19th-century photographer who was born in Great Britain but developed most of his work in Italy. After several years working in this country he changed his name to Roberto Rive. The main collections of his work are the photos from Pompei and Rome in the 1860s and 1870s. Rive exhibited at the "10th Annual Exhibition of the Photographie".


Robert Rive worked as a topographical and portrait photographer from the beginning of the 1860s until 1889 in Naples.[1] In 1867, he took part at the Exposition Universelle of Paris. His studio produced views and stereographs of many Italian cities. He took photographs of monuments of Naples, Pompei, Sorrento, Capri, Amalfi and monuments of Sicily. He also tooks photographs of cities as Florence, Pisa, Siena, Rome and Genova. He held studios in Naples, Palazzo Serracapriola, Palazzo Lieti.[2]

"Giorgio Sommer and Robert Rive began a systematic census of the monuments and daily life, in an amazing collection that provided information on Campania and Sicily" [3]

He also patented a photosensitive paper used in Southern Italy.


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  1. ^ J. Paul Getty Museum
  2. ^ Encyclopedia of Nineteenth Century Photography by John Hannavy
  3. ^ From Senato della Repubblica
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