The Photo Archives of Carl Schröter and Geobotanical Institute Rübel
Enchanted, yet perfecty real: images from the archives of Eduard Rübel and Cral Schröter, Swiss pioneers of biodiversity research and landscape preservation
1st edition, 2019
Text English and German
196 pages, 107 color and 14 b/w illustrations
20 x 26 cm
Pictorial Worlds: Photographs from the Image Archive, ETH-Bibliothek. Volume 7
Documented Landscape features images from the archives of Geobotanical Institute Rübel and of Carl Schröter (1855–1939), both kept in the collections of ETH Zurich’s main library. Eduard Rübel (1876–1960) and Schröter, the former’s teacher at ETH Zurich, were pioneers of the preservation of biodiversity and landscapes and among the first botanists to use photography as means of documentation for their research. Their heritage, depicting changing landscapes and the progressing human interference with nature, remain topical until the present day. In this book, the images are complemented by an introductory essay by historian and writer Ruedi Weidmann.