Salted paper print from calotype negative, Blanquart-Évrard process
Image: 16.5 x 21.5 cm (6 1/2 x 8 7/16 in.); Paper: 29.5 x 37.5 cm (11 5/8 x 14 3/4 in.); Matted: 40.6 x 50.8 cm (16 x 20 in.)
John L. Severance Fund 1989.53
Du Camp was the first photographer to depict the marvels of ancient Egypt. In 1849 a scholarly association commissioned the young writer to document Egyptian monuments and their hieroglyphics. He learned to photograph shortly before embarking for Egypt in the company of the young novelist Gustave Flaubert. In 1852 Du Camp published an album of photographs of Egypt, Nubia, Palestine, and Syria, which brought him widespread recognition. Just as Du Camp followed in the footsteps of earlier painters and scholars, later photographers like Beato often echoed his choices of subject matter.
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