The expressivity of Munch meets both naturalism and romanticism in these hand tinted photographs from the early 20th century.
Going into the 20th century, Norway was already an attractive holiday destination for the wealthy in the UK and on the Continent.
The film medium was new and rather primitive at that time, and there weren’t exactly any smartphone cameras around (also, this was obviously before VisitNorway.com was up and running…).
So just how would potential travellers get an impression of this (actually not-so-) far off country, before embarking on the journey? Well, for instance with magic lanterns – already an old technology, and the precursor to modern slide projectors.
The official archives of Sogn og Fjordande county (that is, Sogn og Fjordande fylkesarkiv) have shared dozens of hand tinted lantern slides on Flickr, taken well over 100 years ago at popular tourist destinations around the fjords and inland Norway. Mashable also recently shared these pictures, and rightly point out that they are somewhat … psychedelic.
They are taken by at least two British photographers: The professional Samuel J. Beckett, and the keen amateur P. Heywood Hadfield. You can read more about them and their stories in the original album on Flickr.See a selection of the amazing pictures here: