After the discovery of photography in 1839, this new technology quickly supplanted earlier methods of recording sites and experiences, particularly for travelers. The practice of photography spread quickly to all parts of the globe, and by the 1860s most cities had thriving communities of photographic studios that produced and sold views to the growing tourist market. There was a well-established photographic community in Rome as early as the mid-1840s.




Image: Giuseppe Ninci. Italian, 1823–1890. Trevi Fountain, 1876 or before. Albumen print. Smith College Museum of Art. Purchased with the Hillyer-Tryon-Mather Fund, with funds given in memory of Nancy Newhall (Nancy Parker, class of 1930) and in honor of Beaumont Newhall, and with funds given in honor of Ruth Wedgewood Kennedy. SC 1982:38 1098