In 1853 photographer Ernest de Caranza and artist Emile Charles Labbé (probably both sitting next to the ship in the harbour of Pantocratoros)) visited Mount Athos and made a series of photographs to make an album compromising 87 salt prints flush-mounted to card.
Travel notes and letters suggest that the trip was allowed by Sutlan Abdulmecit I and that the album was intended to Empereur Napoléon III.
The existence of these photographs was known but they were kept by a family. Now they are public and it is quite a discovery. The collection was sold in different lots by Sotheby’s november 2016.
Historically it is a very interesting set of photographs. Here Vatopedi wth the ruins of the academy on the hill.
The same ship as in the first photo in the arsanas of Pantocratoros
The arsanas of Lavra (Mandraki) on photo and negative.
There is a whole serie of photographs of Konaki in Karyes.
Sografou. Compare the changes with a similar view on the monastery in 1941.
Xenofontos: compare with this photo. Thanks silviucluci.
The entrance of Vatopedi