'Haute Égypte, Grand Temple de Denderah, vue genérale' (Upper Egypt, Great Temple of Dendera, general view)

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Maxime Du Camp (1822-1894); 'Haute Égypte, Grand Temple de Denderah, vue genérale' (Upper Egypt, Great Temple of Dendera, general view), 1852 ; Salt print; 16.2 x 20.8

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: "Maxime Du Camp was, I suppose, on a par with Francis Frith in terms of respect. You can see this photograph is designed to lead us straight into this Temple. If I was photographing this place I would do exactly the same. I would want to take you in by luring you in on this pathway. This is a really beautiful print. It's not an outstanding photograph but it's a very pleasing kind of print. It's something that is quiet and stunningly beautiful."

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  1. it is aai! 59 months ago | reply

    The photographer stands on the edge of the causeway, probably because when he would stand on the causeway itself, he would not have had a good view of the temple. The picture is interesting because it shows the temple much more under sand than nowadays.

  2. vintagedept 58 months ago | reply

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Heritage Key, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

  3. Zigpha 56 months ago | reply

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Zigpha, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

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