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'Femme du Luxor' (Woman from Luxor)

Émile Béchard (active 1870s & 80s); 'Femme du Luxor' (Woman from Luxor), about 1880; Albumen print; 24.8 x 19.6cm


Don McCullin is one of Britain’s greatest photographers. For his latest project he has photographed archaeological remains around the Mediterranean. On a recent visit to the Museum, to coincide with the opening of a major exhibition of his work, Don made a personal selection of photographs from the National Media Museum's collection, revealing how these sites were recorded by earlier photographers such as Francis Frith and Maxime Du Camp.


Don McCullin: "Today, if you try to photrograph women in the middle east it's very difficult. There must have been much more relaxed attitudes in those days to photographing women from Islamic backgrounds. You certainly wouldn't be allowed to get away with it today or have the cooperation. There's a very nice innocence about this pictute, an honesty. I could look at these portraits endlessly, they're so beautiful."




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Taken circa 1880