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John Beasley Greene - Second Courtyard, Medinet Habou, Egypt  (Left Wall, South Side at the Southwest Corner)
John Beasley Greene
Second Courtyard, Medinet Habou, Egypt (Left Wall, South Side at the Southwest Corner)
$35,000
John Beasley Greene - Thèbes: Medinet-Habou, Palais de Ramses, 2nd Cour Face Nord, Egypt
John Beasley Greene
Thèbes: Medinet-Habou, Palais de Ramses, 2nd Cour Face Nord, Egypt
$32,000
John Beasley Greene - Village de Kalabsch, Egypt
John Beasley Greene
Village de Kalabsch, Egypt
$10,000
Lehnert and Landrock - Children Playing in a River Bed during Drought Season
Lehnert and Landrock
Children Playing in a River Bed during Drought Season
$2,500
Sale
$1,750
Auguste Salzmann - Architectural Detail of Arch
Auguste Salzmann
Architectural Detail of Arch
$3,500
Sale
$2,450
Anton Schranz - The Citadel with Mosque and Ruins, Cairo, Egypt
Anton Schranz
The Citadel with Mosque and Ruins, Cairo, Egypt
$12,000
Sale
$8,400
J. Pascal Sebah - Palm Grove with Nubians Along the Nile
J. Pascal Sebah
Palm Grove with Nubians Along the Nile
$40
J. Pascal Sebah - Temple at Edfu, Egypt
J. Pascal Sebah
Temple at Edfu, Egypt
$350
Sale
$245
Felix Teynard - Nubie: Ile de Fileh (Philae), Temple de l’Ouest - Face Orientale Vue du Point
Felix Teynard
Nubie: Ile de Fileh (Philae), Temple de l’Ouest - Face Orientale Vue du Point
$40,000
Felix Teynard - Western Colonnade--Ruins Seen from Point L, Island of Philae, Egypt
Felix Teynard
Western Colonnade--Ruins Seen from Point L, Island of Philae, Egypt
$17,000
Felix Teynard - Western Colonnade--Ruins Seen from Point S, Island of Philae, Egypt
Felix Teynard
Western Colonnade--Ruins Seen from Point S, Island of Philae, Egypt
$17,000
Louis Vignes - Chemin de Damas, Beyrouth, Lebanon
Louis Vignes
Chemin de Damas, Beyrouth, Lebanon
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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