An impoverished citizen of Frankfurt became one of Naples’ most successful entrepreneurs. In 1856, photographer Georg Sommer moved to Italy, where he began to build a flourishing business. His atmospheric images of the southern Italian countryside, its inhabitants and ancient sites were coveted by tourists and those who stayed at home alike. His view of a Pompeian house exudes melancholy. Remains such as this elegant putto above the fountain tell of the former riches of a past culture.