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'House of Sallust, Vesuvius behind, Pompeii'

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Calvert Richard Jones (1802-1877); 'House of Sallust, Vesuvius behind, Pompeii', 1846; Salt print; about 16 x 21cm

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 think Pompeii is one of the most important sites in the Roman world. It's an extraordinary place for an extraordinary event, Vesuvius erupting and pouring molten death down on people. I've got a suspicion that the man in the Georgian outfit could possibly be the photographer recording himself in this very important site. I like this picture because it has atmosphere - created by the age of the print itself and the process that was used to make it."

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  1. Lanterna 51 months ago | reply

    Believe the man, whoever he is, is wearing 1830s or later wardrobe. In any case, he seems remarkably proprietary. Nice tonalities and contrast well under control.

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