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'Ba'lbek, Collones du Grande Temple, vue du sud', (Baalbek (Lebanon) Columns of the Great Temple, view from the south)

Wilhelm Hammerschmidt (active c.1858-1870); 'Ba'lbek, Collones du Grande Temple, vue du sud', (Baalbek (Lebanon) Columns of the Great Temple, view from the south), about 1860s; Albumen print; 27.2 x 22cm

 

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: "I'm pretty sure that this is what's left of the Temple of Jupiter because I've photographed Baalbek two or three times. It is the most beautiful place in the Roman world. It is considered by the British Museum to be one of the gems, so it would be wrong not to include this picture."

 

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Taken circa 1865