Oct 24, 2007

View of Luxor

View of Luxor


John Beasley Greene

(American, 1832–1856)

Salted paper print from waxed paper negative

Image: 23 x 30.5 cm (9 1/16 x 12 in.); Matted: 50.8 x 61 cm (20 x 24 in.)

The A. W. Ellenberger, Sr., Endowment Fund 1995.34



On the first of three trips to Egypt, John Beasley Greene created some 200 photographs. His work rarely documented favorite tourist sites in a conventionally descriptive manner; rather, he concentrated on poetic landscapes and archaeologically significant monuments. In this haunting photograph of Luxor, Greene's ability to depict expansive pictorial space is clearly evident. By surrounding the low, blocklike forms of the site's architecture with large vistas of vacant desert and sky, he emphasized a feeling of isolation and abandonment.

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