My Grand-Pere’s World








For more than half a century, my grandfather has spent every spare moment exploring the world, and photographing his journey. 80 countries. 20,000 high-quality, old-fashioned slides. Now each day, thanks to our digital world (and with a little help from his grandson!) he can share those places and faces and memories of a life well-traveled.

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Floating By The Sugarloaves

China 2017-07-24 10:46:11

Near Guilin, my wife and I hopped on a short cruise on the Li River. The makeshift houseboats built from discarded modern materials were interesting to look at, but clashed with the scenic surroundings of sugarloaf hills and gorges in southern China. See more slides from My Grand-Père's World here.



One Tile At A Time

Tunisia 2017-07-13 17:37:38

Hard at work under the Tunisian sun, these men were playing their small part in restoring some grandeur to the mosaics of the ancient city of Carthage. See more slides from My Grand-Père's World here.



Welcome To The Jungle

Brazil 2017-07-06 17:42:08

Not far from Belem, the gateway to the Amazon River, my wife and I (together with our fellow travelers from our organized tour of Brazil) stepped into the rainforest for a short walk — just enough to get a taste of it without having to fight off any anacondas. See more slides from My Grand-Père's World here.



Sardinia In Sepia

Italy 2017-07-06 12:58:42

At some point during the late 1970s, I started experimenting with a different brand of film — Agfacolor — over the next decade or so. Good thing I usually stuck with my usual Kodachrome: The tones on this Agfacolor shot of a picnic, on a Sardinian cliff, have not aged well at all ... See more slides from My Grand-Père's World here.



Norway, No Flash Required

Norway 2017-07-04 13:01:26

The nice thing about northern Norway in the summer, is that the sun almost never sets. For a photographer, this means excellent lighting throughout the day (and night). Here you can see the colored gákti costumes of the Sámi people seem to pop right out of the picture. See more slides from My Grand-Père's World here.



Legendary Cathedral

Romania 2017-06-29 13:37:21

Don't be fooled by the exuberant Moorish style of the Curtea de Argeș cathedral. The various legends associated with this Romanian Orthodox church tend to be, well, grim. In one tale, the architect — to be able to finish the building — is forced to sacrifice his wife by walling her alive in the cathedral. In another, the Prince who had ordered the construction of cathedral had the masons stranded on the roof, for fear they'd build a greater church for someone else. The builders tried to escape by flying off with wings they'd made out of wood. No, this tale doesn't end well either.



Burning Faith

Nepal 2017-06-27 12:14:12

The villages and landscapes, the colors and fauna, old people and young — in my experience, few countries can rival Nepal as a photographic subject. Here is one flickering moment of prayer passing at a Buddhist temple in Kathmandu. See more slides from My Grand-Père's World here.



Lucky Chaplin

Ireland 2017-06-23 10:45:02

There is a well-known statue of Charlie Chaplin in Vevey, Switzerland, not far from my hometown, where the great American actor lived for 25 years. But what was he doing in Ireland? The quiet village of Waterville, County Kerry, happened to be a favorite vacation spot for the Chaplin family. See more slides from My Grand-Père's World here.



My (Great) Grand-Père's World

Austria 2017-06-05 22:26:09

My grandson — Worldcrunch's photo editor and once a chubby baby in my wife's arms — has just made me a great-grandfather for the fourth time. Bienvenue to the world, Félix! The new dad's two older sisters, posing in this family portrait in the Austrian Tyrol, have already given me three adorable great-granddaughters. While my partner-in-crime for this blog takes his paternity leave in Paris, why don't you take some time to go through some of the 750 slides I've shown you so far, from 60 years of travels across 80 countries?



Model Mosque

Tunisia 2017-05-31 14:22:57

The Great Mosque of Kairouan, in Tunisia, is considered a model of Islamic art. Its minaret, one of the oldest in the world, served as a template for how many minarets were later built in neighboring North African countries, as well as Spain's Andalusia region. See more slides from My Grand-Père's World here.