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Louis De Clercq - Heliopolis (Baalbeck), Ruined Mosque, Originally Built with the Debris of Ancient Temples, Syria
Louis De Clercq
Heliopolis (Baalbeck), Ruined Mosque, Originally Built with the Debris of Ancient Temples, Syria
$8,000
Alphonse De Launay - Mosque, Algiers
Alphonse De Launay
Mosque, Algiers
P.O.R.
Louis Hippolyte Joseph Delemotte or Jean-Baptiste Alary (attributed to) - Le Port d’Alger, vu du terrain de manoeuvres
Louis Hippolyte Joseph Delemotte or Jean-Baptiste Alary (attributed to)
Le Port d’Alger, vu du terrain de manoeuvres
P.O.R.
Maxime Du Camp - Palmiers Doums
Maxime Du Camp
Palmiers Doums
$2,500
Francis Frith - Baalbec from the South, Syria
Francis Frith
Baalbec from the South, Syria
$325
Francis Frith - Hall of Columns, Karnac, Egypt
Francis Frith
Hall of Columns, Karnac, Egypt
$400
Francis Frith - The Colonnade, Island of Philae, Egypt
Francis Frith
The Colonnade, Island of Philae, Egypt
$450
Francis Frith - The Mosque of Kaitbey, Cairo, Egypt
Francis Frith
The Mosque of Kaitbey, Cairo, Egypt
$600
Francis Frith - The Temple of Maharraka, Nubia
Francis Frith
The Temple of Maharraka, Nubia
$400
John Beasley Greene - Aqueduct with Constantine, Algeria, in the Distance
John Beasley Greene
Aqueduct with Constantine, Algeria, in the Distance
$15,000
John Beasley Greene - Constantine, Algeria
John Beasley Greene
Constantine, Algeria
$15,000
John Beasley Greene - Dendour: Temple 2, Egypt
John Beasley Greene
Dendour: Temple 2, Egypt
P.O.R.
By Alex Novak

Francis Frith, The Temple of Komumboo

Beginning on the western coast of Africa and extending across the size of the US, the Saharan desert and its challenges are legend. With a culture that is older than any other, the area became a magnet for young Victorian men (and women). Where the tourist went, so did the photographer.

Beginning in the early 1840s with daguerreotypists Jules Itier and Joseph-Philibert Girault de Prangey, image-makers took on the challenges of the Sahara--with its sand, heat and drying wind--to bring back images of this mysterious land and its people.

Among the earliest photographers were those who found that paper negatives traveled better under the harsh conditions, although a few brave souls, such as Felix Jacques Antoine Moulin, lugged literally tons of glass plates and paraphernalia around northern Africa and later Gustave Le Gray also worked in his preferred medium, the glass plate, despite the daunting conditions.

The list of these early pioneers, who worked primarily with paper negatives, now reads like a Who's Who of early photography. The French photographers who worked in the Saharan regions included Auguste Salzmann, Louis De Clercq, E. Benecke, Felix Teynard, Maxime Du Camp, Gustave de Beaucorps, Pierre Tremaux, Jules Deblet, Theodule Deveria, Henri Sauvaire, and--a bit later--the master Gustave Le Gray, who worked with glass plates. The English had Francis Frith (glass), Frank Mason Good (glass), Rev. Calvert Jones (paper), James Graham (paper) and Robert Murray (paper). America's sole representative was John Buckley Greene (paper). The Germans had Wilhelm Hammerschmidt, who came in the late 1850s and worked with glass plates. And from Malta came Anton Schranz with both paper and glass plates.

We offer a sample of the best images from some of these early pioneers.

Saharan Visions: Early Images of the Orient
About This Exhibit
Image List

Exhibited and Sold By
Contemporary Works / Vintage Works, Ltd.

258 Inverness Circle
Chalfont, Pennsylvania   18914   USA

Contact Alex Novak and Marthe Smith

Email info@vintageworks.net

Phone +1-215-822-5662

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