From our 21st Century vantage point, it’s difficult to imagine a time when visual images of faraway places were new. Google Earth and livestreaming make much of the world seem as accessible as our own neighborhoods.
But in the 1920s, British filmmakers brought home the first shots of Mount Everest. And they were extraordinary.
Professor Peter Hansen, author of The Summits of Modern Man: Mountaineering after the Enlightenment (Harvard University Press; 2013), recently served as a consultant for a BBC documentary, “Battle for the Himalayas: The Fight to Film Everest.”