Give someone a glimpse into far-off lands for Christmas


Still need a Christmas present for an aviation, photography or history buff? Then the illustrated book "Walter Mittelholzer Revisited" is just the ticket: the ETH Library publication features a selection from the famous Mittelholzer collection in ETH Library's Image Archive.

Nowadays, Walter Mittelholzer (1894–1937) is most famous as an aviation pioneer, cofounder of Swissair and for his aerial photographs of the Swiss Alps. His flying expeditions abroad, which also proved him to be a shrewd media entrepreneur, are less well known, however. He spared no channel to market the photographs of his travels to Spitsbergen, what was then Persia or Abyssinia: books, films and in the press. Mittelholzer particularly became a household name in the wake of his Africa flight from Zurich to Cape Town on the seaplane "Switzerland" in 1926/27.

The book casts the pilot, photographer and entrepreneur’s media production and image of Africa in a new light: with a poignant introduction by Kaspar Surbers and in a selection of 200 key photographs from the Mittelholzer collection.

Purchase the book (price: CHF 59) in the Collections and Archives Reading Room.


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