Giuseppe Ghedina

Biographical information

RolesCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameGiuseppe•Ghedina
Used nameGiuseppe•Ghedina
Nick/petnamesBeppe, Basilio
Born25 October 1898 in Cortina d'Ampezzo, Belluno (ITA)
Died27 September 1986 in Cortina d'Ampezzo, Belluno (ITA)
NOC Italy


Giuseppe “Bepe” Ghedina was an athlete and photographer. He produced many photographs, but one was particularly dear to him, the one that portrayed him in 1924 at the first Winter Olympics in Chamonix together with the other members of the Italian team.

His father Giacinto made photography his second profession, alongside hard work in the countryside or carpentry. At school Giuseppe learned to draw and ski. After the Great War he worked as a carpenter, but his passion led him to photograph valleys and mountains. During World War II he was hired by the Istituto Luce to film the situation on the front in Greece and Albania.

In 1948 Ghedina collaborated on the film “Climbing and Flying over the Dolomites” and with Federico Terschak and Ilario Menardi founded the “Cortina Film”. For the 1956 Winter Olympics he produced the film “Prelude to the Olympics”. In 1954 the geologist and mountaineer Ardito Desio chose Ghedina from among the members of the expedition to reach the summit of K2, the second highest mountain in the world, but he reluctantly had to give up for family reasons. During his career Ghedina immortalized the most beautiful mountain peaks in Europe and the Foto Ghedina are still relevant today.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1924 Winter Olympics Cross Country Skiing (Skiing) ITA Giuseppe Ghedina
50 kilometres, Men (Olympic) 10