In the digital age, where every tourist is equipped with a camera, photos of Prague landmarks such as Charles Bridge, Old Town Square, and the Astronomical Clock are ubiquitous.
But do you know who took the very first photographs of the Czech capital?
Austrian photographer Andreas Groll is widely credited with capturing some of the first images of Prague, Plzeň, and Kutná Hora in the 1850s. He exhibited some of them at the World’s Fair in Paris in 1855.
In 1857, the photographer was awarded a medal for his work by Emperor Franz Joseph I.
In Prague, Groll focused on capturing the Czech capital’s famous landmarks, which included sights in and around Prague Castle, Charles Bridge, and Old Town Square.
His images are some of the earliest photographic records we now have of the city.
From now until May 8, you can see Groll’s early photography of Prague and other cities at the exhibit Andreas Groll (1812–1872): Unknown Photographer at Prague City Gallery’s House of Photography on Revoluční. Admission is 120 CZK.
Additional photos via Wikipedia