Enrico D’Albertis' Photographic Archive is an inexhaustible mine of wonder and interest.
From the end of the nineteenth century until the nineteen twenties D'Albertis photographed with all the enthusiasm of those who, lovers of technology and progress, found in their hands a device that allowed them to fix on paper what had previously only been able to see “in situ” and remember with their memories.
D’Albertis was no professional photographer who photographed as a process of documentation: rather he was simply a lover of this wonderful new technology, his images were intended for his albums to be shown to friends and, at most, to illustrate his travel books.
Every moment was immortalized, literally enough negatives to fill an entire trunk, these have been jealously guarded and the contents of about 21,000 images have, over a period of almost 20 years, been studied and catalogued: it is a demanding job that continues, trying to give a date and a name to both the places and people pictured, the envelopes in which they are contained, tied with cord and sealed with wax, sometimes contain some meagre information, but it is never exhaustive and on a negative nothing can be written.
Today, technology allows us a virtual visit to the places that he memorialized and much can be reconstructed from the numerous books he wrote and illustrated with his photos.