Elizabeth Main was not only an enthusiastic alpinist but also a gifted photographer. A total of 400 photographs show Elizabeth Main’s life in the Engadine. The collection comes from the office of the Badrutt’s Palace in St. Moritz. Andrea Badrutt, former director and owner of the hotel, donated the collection to the Upper Engadin cultural archive. In a narrative manner, Main captured the landscape of the Engadin, the people of the Belle Epoque, spectacular glacier hikes – and an encounter with Giovanni Segantini on Lake Sils:
In the winter of 1897-1898, Elizabeth Main picked up the painter in Soglio and invited him to a black ice sally around Lake Sils. Segantini chose not to venture onto the ice on skates but to be pulled across the ice on a Canadian sledge by a team of well-trained young Englishmen to better admire the mysterious lake bottom under the ice sheet.