Burton Holmes (1870-1958) was one of the greatest travelers who have ever been. Paris, Beijing, Delhi, Dubrovnik, Moscow, Manila, Jakarta, Jerusalem, in all these cities was this exceptional photographer and lover of the world. He visited all continents, almost all countries of the world and realized more than 30,000 photographs and about 500,000 feet of film.
Under the slogan “If you love your job, you’re on vacation all year”, was launched frantically traveling around the world taking photos and then first films of the places he visited, and then give lectures in the U.S.A. about his experiences. He coined the term “Travelogues” contracting travel and dialogues, in the sense of “travel conference”.
Holmes introduced film clips into his lecture series as early as 1897, but the mainstays of the original lectures were black-and-white lantern slides, printed from his photographs, which had been hand-colored with great care in Japan.
Burton Holmes had thousands of fans, and signed thousands of autographs. In every one of these he wrote what he truly believed about travel.
“The only things I own which are still worth what they have cost me are my travel memories… the mind-pictures of places which I have been hoarding like a happy miser.” – Burton Holmes